Bridging The Gap In East-West Business

Bridging The Gap In East-West Business

  I took a few days off recently in Cambridge, UK, taking a punt on the River Cam and revisiting my old rooms near St. John’s College ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and walking on the Backs…sweet nostalgia.     I also[...]..
How To Meet And Greet In Asia Business

How To Meet And Greet In Asia Business

How do you address people respectfully in Asia’s diverse cultures? And how do you greet them in the crucial moment before business cards are exchanged? How do you make a good first impression? These may seem like very obvious questions[...]..
Gift Giving Etiquette In China Business

Gift Giving Etiquette In China Business

In this first part of this 2-part series, we looked at When Is Gift Giving Bribery In China Business? In this part, we look at the kind of gifts that are appropriate to give in a Chinese setting. The Chinese[...]..
When Is Giving Gifts Bribery In China Business?

When Is Giving Gifts Bribery In China Business?

Many Western businessmen new to China are advised of the importance of gift giving to Chinese culture, business or otherwise. But why is this so important to Chinese people? And how is giving a gift different to corruption or bribery?[...]..
Going with the Flow: Business in Korea

Going with the Flow: Business in Korea

Never mind the Chinese and Japanese, what’s it like doing business with the South Koreans? In some way, the inhabitants of South Korea are a bit of a mystery for Westerners. For example, unlike other ‘Confucian’ societies in Asia, they[...]..
7 Point Checklist for Women in Asia Business

7 Point Checklist for Women in Asia Business

It is a commonly held belief in Western countries that gender equality has a poor record in Asian cultures. Women in Asia business are supposedly given far less respect and attention than in many Western countries. Confucianism dictates that women[...]..