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 […]
We have asked employees, IT specialists, who work for Telecommunication companies in Greece and in the Netherlands and cooperate from distance the following question: ‘Can you think of something your counterparts in the Netherlands (or in Greece) are doing well? Something you would like to adopt within your company as well?’ These participants communicate daily […]
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 […]
Culture matters to the extent that individuals from different cultures appreciate different values. But, how do we deal in situations at work if such values are conflicting? In fact, Herodotus, some 2.500 years ago, already cast a sharp ethnographic eye
In Friendships or Networks in the Netherlands 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 […]
It is widely known, that parents and educators often differ in the way they stimulate children to succeed in tasks. This difference stems from diverging cultural orientations, and more specifically, on how people in different cultures understand the ‘right’ person.