There is a common myth among Westerners that all Asian countries share the same ‘Asian values’, attitudes and approach to business. In past decades Asian politicians like Lee Kuan Yew, the father of Singapore, or Dr. Mahathir of Malaysia have[...]..
One of the key aspects of doing business in other cultures, like those of Asia, is to know how to communicate well. It’s not only a question of language. It’s more like reading a different alphabet. Instead of relying on[...]..
As business becomes increasingly globalised, cultural intelligence and intercultural competence is becoming an essential strategic tool for cross-border relationship and team building, targeted branding and marketing, risk navigation and successful negotiations. In this series of Intercultural Challenges, I look at[...]..
MYANMAR (BURMA) is a hugely promising, but also hugely challenging market that requires patience, commitment and physical presence on the ground. It’s not a market that will reward a lazy approach to business, or a gung-ho, winner-takes-all attitude. Many of[...]..
Sometimes even people who have lived and worked in the country complain that doing business in Japan is like trying to read Emoticons without knowing what they mean. You’re never quite sure what’s going in in a business meeting, presentation[...]..