Tag Archive: From theory to practice

Impact of a local host on the intercultural competence of expats

Intercultural competence is an essential asset for those who live abroad or who work with people from different cultural backgrounds. For this reason, I also examined in my PhD research whether contact with a local host had an impact on the intercultural competence of expats (1). This is my second blog post about the academic …

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Impact of a local host on adjustment and performance

My first article about my PhD research appeared in 2011 and was about the impact of a local host on adjustment and performance. While you can find my PhD or a summary of the findings (both in English and Dutch) on this blog, I thought it would make the findings of the research more accessible …

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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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Bridging theory and practice

Mid-September I attended the SIETAR Europa* congress in Tallinn, Estonia. This congress is a meeting place of many intercultural trainers and consultants. The congress is very practice oriented with many lectures and workshops about (aspects of) intercultural training, consulting and working in an international environment. I think I was one of the few researchers present …

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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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A cure called Placebo

This week I came across a newspaper article about the potential of the placebo effect. The article quoted Josien Bensing, professor in clinical and health psychology of the University of Utrecht, who argues that instead of trying to eliminate the placebo effect, we should try to use it. In 2010 she published an academic article …

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Can you go beyond your stereotypes?

“For the most part we do not first see, and then define, we define first and then see.” Walter Lippman The other day I attended Science Café Nijmegen. This time it was about cognitive illusions, and one of the speakers, prof. Daniel Wigboldus of Radboud University Nijmegen, talked a bit about stereotypes. His story, in …

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