Tag Archive: Cultural differences

“In Vino, Veritas”: the 2014 Western Academy of Management

The past week I attended for the first time the Western Academy of Management – Western in terms of geographical location in the US – in Napa Valley (hence the theme of the congress “In Vino, Veritas”). Here are some of my highlights: Experiential learning Quite a few of the sessions offered some inspiration for teaching, …

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Folk costumes from Poland

Via Postcrossing I received a 40-year old postcard from Leszno, Poland, which shows different folk costumes. Folk costumes are often associated with a geographical area or a period of time in history. It is a way in which an identity can be expressed. This is also the case for clothing in general. One example is a school …

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Defending your PhD thesis: the Dutch way

Today a year ago I was defending my PhD thesis at Radboud University Nijmegen. It was quite a happening, what with the pedel, seven examiners in full academic dress, two paranimfen to support me, and all my friends and family present. This, of course, is not how it happens around the globe. For example, in …

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The importance of awareness of “cultural” differences: the case of my remote control

The other day my remote control completely stopped working, just as I had turned on the television for the news. Very annoying, as I had turned off the sound because I didn’t want to listen to the commercials. So I was trying to lip-read the news while frantically pushing buttons – with no result. In …

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