Tag Archive: Contact with locals

Global Leadership: It is all about complexity

“We cannot solve today’s problems with the same thinking OR LEADERSHIP that we used when we created them” Einstein+ Last week I attended Joyce Osland’s very insightful workshop on Global Leadership at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC). In today’s globalized world, we need more global leaders who can deal with the increasing complexity of …

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My highlights of the EURAM conference

Last week I attended the European Academy of Management in Valencia. I attended most of the expatriate track sessions, and here are some of my highlights: The role of host country nationals I was pleased to see a few papers about the dynamics between expats and host country nationals, for example about negative stereotyping towards …

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Networking abroad

One of the aims of this blog is to bridge theory and practice by writing about interesting academic publications. I will start with an article I have been re-reading recently because I need it for new research I am setting up on how expats can make contact with locals. How do expats make new contacts? …

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Interaction with locals: helpful but not easy to achieve

Last week I attended the PhD defence of Joost Bücker of Radboud University Nijmegen, whose thesis was about cultural intelligence and global management competencies (1). In the Netherlands it is customary to include propositions for discussion in your book. One of them was: “Interaction with locals stimulates the development of cultural intelligence” As my own …

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Being an expat in the Netherlands – a cultural piece of cake?

Cultural differences are one of the major sources of complications during an international assignment. This is also the case when expatriates are sent to nearby countries, for example within Europe. Much research focuses on expatriates who are on assignment in countries obviously different from their own – for example Americans in Japan, or the other …

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