German Business Culture Dissected In this article, I am dissecting German business culture and will give you some practical advice when it comes to dealing with Germans in a business context. Of course, when the context changes, some of the advice I give...read more
Do We Kiss Bow Or Shake Hands? How do we deal with the cultural ritual of greetings? The book "Kiss Bow or Shake Hands" attempts to answer that obvious questions with that obvious ritual of meetings and greetings going on within an international context....read more
Good Luck Charms Around the World Good luck, bad luck, it all happens to us once in a while. For some that doesn't go far enough so they add a so-called Good Luck Charm in order to... well, get more luck I guess. Now here comes the interesting thing: You know that I...read more
Euregio What Is It? The Euregio, or European Region, is a cross-border cooperation between Germany and the Netherlands. That is the official initiative that was started in 1958 by the Germans. You can read more about it here. Geographically and/or officially, it only...read more
It’s that time of the year again: Summer + Holidays.
That means that for the months July and August there will be no posts on the Culture Matters website.
I wish you a fantastic Summer and look forward to seeing you back in September!
Doing Business in China and Working With Chinese In this country specific article I will cover several topics: Doing business in China, or the Culture of China Business Culture in China Understanding Chinese Culture Working with Chinese What This Article is NOT About...read more
That was the feedback I got; "It's too expensive"... ...and also that he didn't want to invest too much time into it. Now, I'm not in the habit of sharing my commercial success or failure here publicly on the website. But this one deserves a bit of attention. This is...read more
Cross-Cultural Management or Managing Multicultural Teams What is it; A Definition There are many ways of defining what a multicultural team is. Having checked Wikipedia, I couldn't find much for a definition. So I'll come up with my own 😉 I would consider three ways...read more
To Kiss Bow or Shake Hands; How to Best Shake Hands in Other Cultures How often do you kiss if that's the way you greet each other? In Belgium, it is once. In the Netherlands, it is three times. In the USA you air-kiss (kissing when only the cheeks touch). And how...read more