Intercultural Learning

How Rakuten turned into a Global Giant - Language and Culture Lessons for Companies with a Common Business Language

How Rakuten turned into a Global Giant - Language and Culture Lessons for Companies with a Common Business Language

By: Nita Korsten

For years I have been intrigued by how language and culture influence each other. I often address this relationship with international teams, many of which strongly relate to this subject, particularly if their members are multilingual.  But what does it mean in business? How does language affect us, especially when the communication is between native and non-native speakers of a common business language? And ultimately: how can we use learning and development interventions to leverage the language and culture connection?

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Is your virtual open door policy working?

Is your virtual open door policy working?

by: Theresa Sigillito Hollema

How effective is your communication with your virtual team?  Does bad news come to you quickly or are you often surprised? Successful leaders of virtual teams consciously create a communication channel with employees who are not co-located.  Have you invested in creating effective communication channels with your virtual team ....?

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5 Tips for International Students: How to Thrive in a New Culture

5 Tips for International Students: How to Thrive in a New Culture

Photo: Arnold Pannenborg

Text: Nita Korsten

This month many students will be leaving their home countries to study abroad, joining an ever-growing number of international students. Nita Korsten shares her 5 tips for international students to develop their intercultural sensitivity, which they’ll need to succeed both at university and in their international careers.

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