I am an Associate Professor with the Department of Marketing and Management of the University of Southern Denmark, where I conduct research in international human resource management, particularly expatriation. My main research interests are the social context of expatriation, expatriate-local interactions both in and outside the organization, and intercultural mentoring. I am also an external consultant for Globally Local. My passion is to bridge the gap between theory and practice and make sure practitioners benefit from my research. I received my PhD in international business communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, while also working as in-house communication consultant at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.
Intersango means ‘exchange’ in Esperanto, the world’s most widely spoken constructed language which is meant to encourage intercultural understanding between people with different languages. ‘Exchange’ is a key element in my work and in my research. Intercultural interaction is where we learn about other cultures, where we best learn what is appropriate and effective in a particular culture. One of my aims is to encourage expats to break out of the expat bubble, and engage with the host culture and locals. This may well push you out of your comfort zone, but it is certainly enriching and you will learn a lot. As Marcel Proust said: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”.
Would you like to know more about my research and how it can be applied in practice? Or have you run into a problem which you would like to have my advice on? I am happy to discuss the possibilities.
Marian van Bakel Ph.D.