Graphics of the Expats-Dutch survey on Hidden Cultural Differences

Purpose of the questionnaire is: to direct thought to issues that cross-cultural research has demonstrated significant differences between groups of cultures. Not to give answers. Just to make us seriously consider, that what is self-evident for ‘me‘ might not be for ‘you‘ too. That’s why the answers are designed with ‘Yes’ or  ‘No’ ‘. Participants: Expats from diverse cultural background […]

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Exchange of ‘good points’ in cross-border co-operation

In one of our recent cross-national comparative survey we have asked employees, mostly IT specialists   who work for large Telecommunication companies in Greece and in the Netherlands and cooperate with each other, among others,  the following question: ‘Can you think of something your counterparts in the Netherlands (or in Greece) are doing well? Something you would […]

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Bi-cultural minds: How capable are you in responding culturally appropriate?

By Katerina Pouliasi, written for ‘The Inquisitive Mind‘ When individuals live actively with two cultures (in families, organizations or society at large) they, partly unconsciously, partly deliberately, may change towards acquiring a ‘bicultural mind’. I will discuss here whether these individuals become capable of spontaneously producing appropriate responses that fit the expectation patterns of either of their two […]

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Friendships or Networks in the Netherlands? (part 2)

In Part 1 we discussed the case of two Southern European expats who tried to initiate friendships with Dutch colleagues, but ended up rejected, astonished and distressed.  That’s the consequence of not knowing the kind of relationships valued in the Netherlands. Once you are aware of this, you can decide how you, as an expat, can behave […]

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