CORPORATE: Diversity

Intercultural Competence for Global Citizens

This seminar is for people from diverse cultures who work together. Participants come to appreciate similarities and differences, strengths and sensitivities, behaviors and reactions based on cultural heritage and social upbringing. It also helps to recognize what is at play if misunderstandings occur. In case of relationship problems due to differences, participants learn to build intercultural bridges between one another. They simulate typical situations that would lead to difficulties, circumventing these by establishing meta-cultural connections. These intercultural skills have on the one hand generic, universal foundations, and on the other elements that are uniquely appropriated to each culture.

Bi-cultural or cross-cultural training compares cultures in order to enhance working relationships between co-workers or business partners, e.g. France and Germany, China and India, Turkey and Greece. Sometimes, sensitivities may be linked to residues of historical events and these issues are opportunities for the new generation of managers and staff to transcend past enmities and old patterns of thinking.

This program combines corporate, organizational, national and local cultures. We study values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors comparatively. Understanding and practice of diversity helps participants increase their professional efficacy. We analyze the main cultural streams in the world today and the must-have behavioral and thinking skills of the global citizen.

Topics include:

  • Similarities and differences
  • Potential areas of conflict
  • Biases, psychological transfers and projections
  • Common and divergent historical heritage
  • Territorial identity, subcultures
  • Folk identity, values, belief systems
  • Attitudes at work, managerial and employee behaviours
  • Intercultural communication – universal and local
  • Working together: negotiating, cooperating and building trust.

“The Intercultural Management Training conducted by EUROBOGEN has added high benefits to my professional and personal development. The trainers succeeded in explaining historical background, religious and other cultural roots on what drives behaviour, ways of (typical) thinking and conducting business in parts of the world and thus added pieces of profound knowledge to my own cultural experience. From a management point of view, this provided additional ideas and strategies on how to deal with people in a manifold way to achieve the business objectives.”

Harald Braun

Director Global Product Support

Oracle Corporation