The Culture Matters in International Business Podcast

A new Format for this Podcast

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Understanding cultural differences can be the descisive factor in success or failure in International Business

In this short introduction podcast, we explain the new set-up of our podcast: We’ll take a look at the impact that cultural differences have on doing International Business.

Some topics that you can expect are:

  • Why the US is Sometimes Ahead and Sometimes Behind (Airport Tech.) 
  • Direct and Unfiltered Feedback: The Problem (Dutch) 
  • North versus South (America, The Predictability Dimension) 
  • Trial and Error or Engineering (German versus American) 
  • Fair Warning or Caricaturing (The Undutchables)? 
  • Do as The Romans Do (but not in Italy – KLM and Alitalia) 
  • The Costliest International Failures 
  • Let Me Summarize (Please Don’t), North European vs South European 
  • The Far East is Not Far if You’re There (something on Asia) 
  • Something related to fake news? 
  • The rudest people on earth (Dutch, Russian) 
  • The most polite … 
  • What dominates: Company culture or National culture? 
  • How does personality relate to one’s national culture? 
  • Can you get “rid” of your national culture (e.g., when you live in another country)? 
  • The “superiority notion” when it comes to you and the “other” culture. 
  • Unexpected cultural correlations: the use of deodorant, gambling/lottery/scratch cards. 
  • How marketing is not culturally neutral (e.g., selling a Volvo station car in the US versus Sweden) 
  • Humor in different cultures and what you maybe should not do (e.g., being/going over the top being Dutch) 
  • Project management in different countries/cultures. 
  • How to manage multi-cultural virtual teams? 
  • What about the fifth dimension of Hofstede’s model (and why rename some other dimensions)? 
  • Assessments – including cultural preference or cultural competence – value-adding or hocus pocus. 
  • Covid-19 (and other non-related health issues) and cultural differences.

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The Culture Matters Podcast on International Business & Management Podcast

Culture Matters Podcast (on international business)Build your Cultural Competence, listen to interesting stories, learn about the cultural pitfalls and how to avoid them, and get the Global perspective here at the Culture Matters podcast on International Business.

We help you understand Cultural Diversity better by interviewing real people with real experiences.

Every episode there is an interview with a prominent guest, who will tell his or her story and share international experiences. Helping you develop your cultural competence. Welcome to this culture podcast and management podcast.

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Book Chris Smit as a Speaker

If you're looking for an Engaging, Exciting, and Interactive speaker on the subject of Intercultural Management & Awareness you came to the right place.

Chris has spoken at hundreds of events and to thousands of people on the subject of Cultural Diversity & Cultural Competence.

This is What Others Say About Chris:

  • “Very Interactive and Engaging”
  • “In little time he knew how to get the audience inspired and connected to his story”
  • His ability to make large groups of participants quickly and adequately aware of the huge impact of cultural differences is excellent”
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About Peter van der Lende

Peter van der Lende International business development

Peter has joined forces with Culture Matters.

Because he has years and years of international business development experience joining forces therefore only seemed logical.

Being born and raised in the Netherlands, he has lived in more than 9 countries of which most were in Latin America.

He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) with his family.

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We're looking for new Podcast Guests!

We're looking for new Podcast Guests!

If you think you or someone you know would make a good guest for our Culture Matters on International Business, drop us an email.

(make sure you or the person you know will be able to talk about International affairs!)

Thanks, we'll be back to you soon!