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Newsletter 2014-3

Gert-Jan Hofstede, Paulo Finuras and Javier San Martin
The conference location: Culturgest

The first #CultureFactor event received over 120 participants from 9 countries on Friday November 7th. We would like to thank every one of them. A special thanks goes out to our organizing partner, CEGOC Portugal.
 

The topic of the conference was Building Global Business, the Culture Factor. The main question addressed was: What made small countries big in the past? A variety of speakers, Gert-Jan Hofstede, Misho Minkov, Bob Waisfisz, Javier San Martin, Eduardo Simões, Christina Röttgers and Paulo Finuras approached a range of topics related to this question. Cultural factors such as trust in institutions, ethical behaviour, organizational set-up and family back-up were reviewed.

If we draw a line from small countries to small companies and big countries to big companies, the same challenge hits all of us: How to grow? The way we define growth is different for everyone. It doesn't necessarily mean more responsibility, more turnover, or more profit. It could also be growth in efficiency, in corporate social responsibility, etc.

Speakers during the panel question sessionCulture plays a role when talking about building a global business. No matter if we talk about the perspective of nations or organisations, large or small.
 

We challenge you to visualize the role culture plays for you. Does culture inhibit or enable you to realize your plans to build or manage a global business? Share your stories with us. We will use them to develop our next global conference in October 2015, which will take place in Norway.

 

With kind regards,

Egbert Schram
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THE SPEAKERS 
Gert Jan Hofstede
GERT JAN HOFSTEDE
SOFTWARE OF THE MIND
Gert Jan Hofstede provided a valuable overview of the importance of culture and its reflexion on all levels of society. He also shared with us a sneak preview of the experiential serious game "ecute" (link) created to help develop cultural understanding in the participants. 
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Paulo Finuras
PAULO FINURAS CULTURAL DIMENSIONS AND INSTITUTIONAL TRUST ACROSS PORTUGUESE SPEAKING COUNTRIES An interesting look at culture and the cost of distrust from an economical point of view. For a deep insight into the topic get the book after the link: here (Portuguese only)
Javier San Martin
JAVIER SAN MARTIN
CULTURE AND LEADERSHIP Because leadership means different things in different cultures, Javier gave us the keys to unlock the cultural potential of managers and how to be better leaders across cultures >>See the presentation 
EDUARDO SIMÕES
EDUARDO SIMÕES
CULTURAL DIMENSIONS AND ETHICAL DECISION MAKING IN ORGANIZATIONS A thoughtful perspective and an interesting insight into the world of ethics and the fascinating influence of culture on ethical and unethical behaviour. 
Michael Minkov
MICHAEL MINKOV  CURRENT RESEARCH IN GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS
Co-author of Hofstede's latest book, Michael Minkov examined interesting connections and correlations between the latest dimensions and tendences in societies.
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Bob Waisfisz
BOB WAISFISZ 
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS TO MEET IN ORDER TO BE A SUCCESSFUL PLAYER IN THE WORLD MARKET 
Every organisation has a culture created over the years, but what happens when the culture you have doesn't serve you strategy anymore? How to make sure that your strategy is aligned with your culture? How to measure it? These were the questions Bob answered in his intervention.
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Christina Rottgers
CHRISTINA RÖTTGERS
BRIDGING CULTURES? THAT’S ABOUT YOU! HOW TO ACQUIRE CULTURAL COMPETENCE What do expatriates go through when moving to a new country? Christina gave us the key to a smoother and more rewarding journey towards a successful expatriation.
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