Tag Archive: Denmark

Global leadership recruitment and development: A Danish case

This spring one of my students in Change Management, Ioannis Zisopoulos, wrote a very interesting Master thesis about global leader selection and development in five Danish MNCs (1). Here are some of his findings. What is a global leader? One of the interesting findings is that the Danish MNCs do not label global leaders as …

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Learning Danish: Finding out what works for you

There are many resources for learning a language, but I think everyone needs to figure out what works for them. There was someone in my language class who swore by this app which helped him learn words by repeating them every day. That worked well for him, but it wouldn’t for me. I think everyone …

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Learning Danish: The bumpy road to fluency

The past 2.5 years I have been learning Danish. Once I knew I was moving to Denmark, I downloaded one of those apps that help you learn some words. I remember how I was replaying the sound of skildpadde (‘turtle’) again and again to determine what kind of sound it was the Danes finished that …

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Learning Danish: ’No cow on the ice?’

Some say that Danish is one of the most difficult languages to learn. While I think that also depends on what your native language is (it is a lot more difficult for my Chinese friend than for me), research shows that Danish was the most difficult native language to learn out of the following seven …

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One year in Denmark

It has now been more than a year since I moved to Denmark, and I have been enjoying it thoroughly. I haven’t been posting as much as I would have liked about my own experiences living abroad, but I guess that is part of the busy times you face when moving to a new country. …

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The Danish “gækkebrev”

Easter is upon us and that is a big deal in Denmark. We not only have Friday and Monday off but also Thursday. And the Danes have a wonderful tradition to go with it, namely the “gækkebrev”. This is an anonymous letter you send before Good Friday to a family member or a friend who …

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“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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“Toppen og Bolden” – the sequel

Last week I posted a blog about a mysterious skyline in this Danish stamp which featured the HC Andersen story “Toppen og Bolden” or “The Sweethearts”. Some more searching brought me to a page of the World Online Philatelic Agency (WOPA), which explains a bit more about the Danish-Chinese collaboration on the Hans Christian Andersen stamps. Apparently …

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“Toppen og Bolden” – from Denmark to China

The other day I received a request from a fellow Postcrosser from China, whether I could send him a postcard from Denmark because that was the one that was missing in the collection he is making for his four year old daughter. His specific request was to get a postcard with the Danish flag (that’s easy) …

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Ibasho – a place to be

The past months I have been often thinking of the Japanse concept Ibasho. I came across it for the first time a few years ago, in an academic article investigating the importance of this concept for expatriate spouse adjustment (1). What is Ibasho? Ibasho literally means ‘a place to be’, and the authors of that …

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