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Conference Building Gobal Business

International Conference

Friday, November 7, 2014

from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

at Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest 
Address: Rua Arco do Cego 1st floor, 
1000-300 Lisbon, Portugal

An exceptional lineup of internationally recognised experts

in the field of Intercultural Management and Organisational Culture.

Including a very special Keynote Speaker: Professor Geert Hofstede.

REGISTRATION

What made relatively small countries influential in the past?

They were trading nations.

What drove these nations? They were innovative, passionate and determined, and they looked for adventure. These qualities are cultural factors.

Join top-ranking management professors and practitioners in this conference to explore the impact of culture in enabling companies to be effective and thrive in an international environment.

Recognise and understand the vital role that culture plays in the motivation and success of your organisation and how utilising cultural competence can turn your cultural diversity into a strategic advantage.

PROGRAMME

9:00-9:30 Registration and Networking

9:30-9:45 EGBERT SCHRAM & RICARDO MARTINS 
Introduction and Welcome

9:45-10:30 PROFESSOR GEERT HOFSTEDE
Keynote

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:15 PAULO FINURAS
Dimensions and Institutional Trust Across Portuguese Speaking Countries

11:15-11:45 EDUARDO SIMÕES 
Cultural Dimensions and Ethical Decision-Making in Organisations

11:45-12:00 BOB WAISFISZ
The Foundation of Any Organisation, Organisational Culture

12:00 Lunch Break

14:15 JAVIER SAN MARTIN
Perception of Leadership in Mediterranean Countries

14:45 PROFESSOR MICHAEL MINKOV (video)
Current research in Global Organisations

15:15 CHRISTINA RÖTTGERS
Bridging Cultures? That’s About You! How to Acquire Cultural Competence

15:45 Coffee Break

16:00 PANEL DISCUSSION

Including all speakers and special guests

17:00 Wrap-up and thanks

SPEAKERS PROFILES

GOING GLOBAL THE STORY OF ODYSSEUS

GEERT HOFSTEDE 

Prof. Hofstede, recognized to be one of the world´s top most management gurus will tell about what going global has brought to him and the organisations he has worked for. Professor Geert Hofstede is recognised internationally for having developed the first empirical model of “dimensions“ of national culture, thus establishing a new paradigm for taking account of cultural elements in international economics, communication and cooperation. Later, he also developed a model for organisational cultures. His most popular book, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind has so far been translated into approximately 20 languages.

CURRENT RESEARCH IN GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS (video)

MICHAEL MINKOV

is an Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Awareness and Organizational Behavior at International UniversityCollege in Sofia, Bulgaria, and he is well-known for his research which has enriched and expanded Hofstede’s model of cultural dimensions. Hofstede and Minkov have coauthored a number of articles and the third editionof Hofstede’s classic “Cultures and Organizations; Software of the Mind” (2010). In addition to being a professor, Minkov is a freelance teacher and consultant in the area of cross-cultural awareness. His clients include AIMS Human Capital, Air Liquide, Avon, Alpha SOT, Heineken, IBM, Italcementi, Lukoil, Mondi International,Nestle, NetInfo, Coca Cola Hellenic, SDI Group and Schneider Electric.

What does globalization means for companies, small and large? What do global companies mean for local business?

Prof. Minkov will bring the audience in a journey through the latest research being done in the area of globalizing companies.

ORGANISATIONAL CULTURE: THE FOUNDATION OF ANY ORGANISATION

BOB WAISFISZ

is a Dutch economist who has worked for the ILO, a UN organisation and for industry. He is the founder of both itim International and the hofstede centre©. As a child he lived in Indonesia and after finishing his studies he worked for years in Turkey and Lebanon. He travels extensively and his work has taken him to over 90 countries. In collaboration with Geert Hofstede, Bob has developed a model of organisational culture to enable management consultants to help their clients meet their objectives in the best possible way.

CULTURAL DIMENSIONS AND INSTITUTIONAL TRUST ACROSS PORTUGUESE SPEAKING COUNTRIES

PAULO FINURAS

holds a PhD in Social Sciences and Behavior, and is Assistant Professor / Researcher at ULHT. He is also an International Manager at CEGOC (CEGOS Group) and Accredited Lecturer at the Hofstede Centre and itim International. His main research interests are cultural differences, bio politics and evolutionary anthropology.

Trust knits society together and makes it possible for people and nations to lead their everyday lives. Furthermore, it increases speed of transactions and reduces costs. Widespread distrust in a society imposes a sort of an hidden tax on all forms of economic activity – a tax that high trust societies do not have to pay. But trust is also a cultural dependent variable. Why do some cultures «trust» more than others? The presenter will discuss some results and findings from his research across Portuguese Speaking countries showing how trust is also influenced by cultural values.

CULTURAL DIMENSIONS AND ETHICAL DECISION MAKING IN ORGANIZATIONS

EDUARDO SIMOES

holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior, and is Assistant Professor / Researcher at ISCTE –IUL Lisbon University Institute. He is also a consultant at CEGOC (CEGOS Group). His main research interests are decision processes in conflicts and negotiations and ethical decision making in organizations.

The recent financial crisis has given visibility to the consequences of unethical behavior for people’s wellbeing in organizations. Understanding how we decide on matters that may harm others is an urgent scientific enterprise. Understanding the role of culture in this process is a central task. In this presentation we analyze the possible effects of cultural differences on judgments about ethically dubious issues.

BRIDGING CULTURES? THAT’S ABOUT YOU!“ HOW TO ACQUIRE CULTURALCOMPETENCE

CHRISTINA RÖTTGERS

is a facilitator and executive coach focusing on building cultural competence in individuals and teams. She holds a Master in Philosophy, Slavic Languages and Eastern European Law. She prepared more than 100 managers and their families for working abroad and has designed and led cultural processes for teams from all over the world since integrating Hofstede’s research in her work in 2004. Since 1997 she has been facilitating team development and strategy processes in more than 20 European and Asian countries.

Many organizations have identified cultural competence as a top priority and try to provide frameworks and structures. Yet, it still relies on the individual to make it happen.
- What makes you as an individual member of an organization so important?
- What kind of personality and behaviour does cultural competence require?
- How to develop this competence from a personal and an organizational perspective?
Get some food for thought while reflecting on these three questions during this presentation

CULTURE AND LEADERSHIP

JAVIER SAN MARTIN

is a Senior Consultant for itim in Spain through the company WIDE WORLD. He has extensive experience in HR,recruitment, training and consultancy and he has worked in the USA, the Netherlands, the U.K., Belgium andHungary for several EU projects, including PHARE, SPRINT, EUREKA and THERMIE with participants from the different European countries. His current clients include Iberia, Hewlett-Packard, Endesa, Autoliv, Sara Lee,BBVA, Agilent and many more. In addition, Javier is a visiting lecturer at the UPV (Basque Country University),the University of Deusto and at the ESEUNE Business School.