Latest Research: ‘Navigating between Home, Host, and Global Identities’

Business activities today regularly reach across cultural boundaries, and collaborative work with people of different cultural backgrounds becomes an everyday normality. Alongside the increasing exposure to culturally pluralistic settings, the question of cultural identities and the process of acculturation also receives more and more attention. In fact, we increasingly see cases of people holding multiple […]


How Should We Learn about Cultural Differences?

Integral to the global business landscape is intercultural contact and communication. As such, one of the basic requirements for people to successfully deal with this diverse landscape is cultural sensitivity, or cultural intelligence (CQ). Be it international student-trainees, temporary expatriates, permanent migrants, or local workers of a multinational company, we would want these people to […]


Working in a Cross-cultural Environment: Where to Look for Cultural Gaps?

Multicultural, multinational, and multilingual teams are part and parcel of global organizations of today. This highlights the importance of cultural competencies, cross-cultural cooperation, and leadership of multinational teams. Indeed, the main question for many is how to do business and effectively manage in such a culturally diverse environment? Cultural competence: too broad to grasp? Well […]


Want to Become more Culturally Competent? Start with your Cultural Self-Awareness

It is impossible to speak about being global without the ability to deal with different cultures. Global companies engage in cross-cultural business relations, lead multicultural teams, develop intercultural competencies, strive to increase cultural awareness and look for cultural intelligence. In short, a clear message in today’s globalized world is that success is built by joint […]


Winning through Diversity? The Case of Multicultural Management Teams

Given the increasingly global business environment, establishing management teams that consist of members from different countries of origin would appear to become necessary practice. Multicultural business requires multicultural management – isn’t this what common wisdom would suggest? Does the cultural diversity of management teams really benefit global companies?

Cultural intelligence: A skill you can’t do without in today’s multicultural world

In addition to intelligence quotient (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ), nowadays, we also speak about a third type of intelligence, namely ‘CQ’ or cultural intelligence. Leaders of The Cultural Intelligence Center, argue that in today’s increasingly global and diverse environment CQ is a skill that is absolutely necessary for working effectively in culturally diverse situations. Take a look at the strategies for developing this skill.


Follow-up on biculturals: Why are people with multiple cultural backgrounds beneficial for organizations?

What is the practical contribution of bi- or multicultural employees to global organizations? A recent article by Fitzsimmons et al. (2011) describes how multicultural individuals contribute to five key activities in global business — international teams, intercultural negotiations, international assignments, mergers and acquisitions, global leadership and ethics.