Attending a cross-cultural training will definitely increase your understanding of foreign cultures. But as the same time you are able to reflect on your own cultural traits.
Using various learning methods, the participants will recognise what are the typical clichés, facts and fantasy when describing certain characteristics of a nation. Through discussions and case studies, the trainee will realise the appropriate communication methods to be used, especially in conflict situations.
Lesson learned from the training include, which cultural dimensions should I be aware of when interacting with a foreign land. How can I get my message through. What are the best methods to implement change management? How to improve efficiency and productivity?
Research suggests that intercultural dissonance is one of the major causes of why international mergers and acquisitions fail. Regardless of the objective of the venture, companies should be aware of the cross-cultural risks and opportunities. They go hand-in-hand with the integration of two or more parties and it is imperative to prepare the workforce to cope with these challenges.
Besides financial, legal and commercial due-diligence, a comparison of cultural differences can help to save the venture on a long run.
No matter in which situation the “man” finds himself, he will show characteristics that can be traced back to his roots.
Understanding the general cultural dimensions of a country, can avoid communication misunderstanding. Be it in negotiations, contract agreements or running an entity.