publications about global business & intercultural issues

Zurich, April 3, 2017
Cross Culture Business Tips - Gespräche in Teheran
Der Iran sucht den Anschluss an die Welt und die Schweiz bietet dazu gute Brücken. Vor allem in den Bereichen Bildung und Tourismus, die halt auch relativ kurzfristig aktiviert werden können, aber auch mit ihrem Verständnis für Kommunikation, interkultureller Kompetenz und Respekt. Eine Reise nach Persien ist für Geschäftsreisende kein wildes Abenteuer mehr. Anbei mein neuster 'Business Tipp'-Newsletter; mit Click auf Logo links.

Zurich, January 8, 2017
Cross Culture Business Tips - Russland verstehen
Die beiden alten Streithähne Amerika und Russland rüsten wieder auf und beziehen sich dabei auf ihre Grundwerte. Um sie zu verstehen, mit ihnen erfolgreich umzugehen, braucht es neue Anstrengungen. „Doing Business with“, beispielsweise mit Russland, erfordert einlesen, sich auseinandersetzen, und natürlich Respekt und Kommunikationsfähigkeit. In diesem Sinne passt der leicht überarbeitete ‚Business Tip‘ von 2013 … als kleiner Schritt, die Russen ein bisschen besser zu verstehen. Click on logo left for pdf. of newsletter.

Zürich, 2. Dezember 2016
Fremde Märkte & Menschen
Das Geschäftsreisen-Magazin BTT (businesstraveltip) publizierte eine Geschichte von Daniel Tschudy zum Thema Kulturelle Kompetenz und dass diese nicht nur in fernen Ländern benötigt wird - sondern auch national. Zum Beispiel für Zürcher Geschäftsleute im Kanton Wallis.

Zürich, 28. September 2016
Interkulturelle Kompetenz = Kernkompetenz
Fachartikel von Daniel Tschudy, verfasst für die Absolventenmesse Schweiz, welche am 3. November 2016 in der 'Stage One' in Zürich-Oerlikon stattfindet. Der Bericht im Programmheft erscheint sowohl in deutscher wie französischer Sprache.

Zurich, August 1, 2016
Cross Culture Business Tips - What is Cultural Intelligence anyway?
As people are on the move, not only across the Mediterranean Sea, but in South East Asia, Africa and Central America too, eventually, they will be calling for a job and thus change substantially our staff structures. Diversity Management becomes a core competence, and Cultural Intelligence a main tool. Only, how to get that ‘darn’ CQ? And what is it anyway? Click on logo left for pdf. of newsletter.

Zurich, May 22, 2016
Cross Culture Business Tips - No Walls needed in Mexico
Cultural Intelligence (CQ) does not mean ‘preaching’ about how to do business across borders and cultures. Everybody knows, that at the end of the day, bridges are needed; not walls. So, whatever plans Presidential candidate Donald Trump has at the Southern US-border, such walls would not stimulate, but seriously handicap business transactions between the two countries (click left for story).

Handelszeitung (Zürich); 28. Januar 2016
Naheliegend auf Distanz führen (about long distance management)
Auch KMU können sich nicht wehren, die Globalisierung hält ein und beschert nicht nur internationale Kunden, sondern auch Zulieferer, Stakeholders und natürlich Mitarbeiter/innen aus aller Welt. Das löst mehr und mehr globale Projekte aus und Teams, welche diese über Grenzen und Zeitzonen miteinander lösen müssen.

Zurich, January 4, 2016
Cross Culture Business Tips - Greece for instance
Cross-culture competence in international business is supposed to cover unknown long-haul markets; like China for example. The truth is however, Cultural Intelligence is equally required even in the very neighboring markets. Take Greece, for example; so rich in history, well known for great summer vacations, and yet so far in our comprehension (click on the left for the latest newsletter).

Blickpunkt KMU (Schweizer Wirtschaftsmagazin); Ausgabe November 2015
China-Geschäfte; nun einfacher nach dem Freihandelsabkommen?
Auch in Zukunft wird ein grösserer Teil der Schweizer Neueinsteiger, vor allem die kleineren KMU, in China scheitern. Denn um im Reich der Mitte längerfristig Erfolg zu haben, braucht es wesentlich mehr als das neue FHA. Eine Geschichte über Geduld, Kommunikation, Beziehungsaufbau, Ausdauer und Flexibilität. Auf Logo klicken für die pdf.-Version.

Organisator (Magazin für KMU); 6. November 2015
Diversity vs Fremdenfeindlichkeit am Arbeitsplatz
Ist es in Ordnung, dass man Fremdenfeindlichkeit im Büro nur aus Geschäftstüchtigkeit verhindert oder dass man Diversity im Mitarbeiterteam bewusst anstrebt, um im breiten globalen Geschäft effizienter und erfolgreicher auftreten zu können? Ein paar Gedanken dazu und wie komplex es für Firmeninhaber und Personalverantwortliche geworden ist; aber auch einfache Tipps, wie man Fremdenfeindlichkeit im Büro vorbeugen und die Diversität ausnützen kann. Das pdf. kann mittels Click auf Logo aufgemacht werden.

Kathmandu, Nepal; October 11, 2015
The Himalayan Times "Crossing the cultural divide"
Report about recent visit of Daniel Tschudy to Kathmandu; folllowing his interview at Today's Youth Asia with host Rupesh Shrestha. Cross-cultural competence can play a vital role not only across nationsl and 'business-borders' but also within a country (click on logo to open pdf.).

Glarus, August 28, 2015
Qi und Qibla für Ärzte und Pflegepersonal
Die Globalisierung hat die Gesundheitsbranche längst erreicht. Entsprechend ist es wichtig, dass sich in hiesigen Kliniken und Heimen das Verständnis für den Bereich Cross Culture entwickelt. Ein Bericht dazu, erschienen im Fachmagazin "Heime und Spitäler", kann mit Klick auf das Logo geöffnet werden.

Zürich, 17. August 2015
Business Tip "Führen auf Distanz"
Meistens sind ‚Management auf Distanz‘-Mandate terminlich-limitiert und stehen unter Zeit- und Erwartungsdruck. Entweder wird in einem neuen Markt eine Übernahme durchgeführt, eine neue Konzernsoftware installiert oder der Ausfall eines lokalen Managers überbrückt. Der neue Verantwortliche wird in letzter Minute aufgeboten, muss sich in kürzester Zeit einlesen und dabei wahrscheinlich auch seine normale Arbeit im Auge behalten. Vor allem aber wird er sich mit einem neuen Team befassen müssen; von Null auf Hundert quasi. Mehr dazu im neusten Cross-Cultural Business Tip.

Zurich, June 18, 2015
Doing Business in Arabia - it's not getting easier
Despite ‘intercultural behaviour’-textbooks and the Google’s and Wikipedia’s, doing business with enterprises and political institutions in Arabia is not getting easier for Western companies. Read our latest edition of Business Tips (click on the left).

 

Zurich, May 25, 2015
Was ist interkulturelle Kompetenz?
Hintergrundbericht über interkulturelle Kompetenz mit Bezug auf die anspruchsvolle politische und gesellschaftliche Situation. Erschienen im Magazin der italienischen oder italienisch-sprechenden Bevölkerung Zürichs. Logo links anklicken.

 

Johannesburg, April 7, 2015
Cross-Cultural Business Tips - Nigeria on your mind?
If you’re thinking of expanding your business into Nigeria, it will definitely help to know certain pertinent points about the country; the first of which is that it’s abounding in possibilities. This is a story produced by South African entrepreneur David Sand; please open the Nigerian flag to access this edition of Business Tips.

 

Zurich, March 19, 2015
Cross-Cultural Business Tips - FTA between South Korea and China?
From a long-haul perspective, South Korea appears not often in the media and we know little about that country. And two of the recent news, the razor blade attack on the US-Ambassador and the Korean Air “nut-case”, did not really trigger our curiosity. What is interesting though is the working-relation between South Korea and China; since they share a difficult history with some skeletons in the cellar. Read the newest edition of my cross-cultural business tips (click on logo).

 

Zurich, February 21, 2015
Cross-Cultural Business Tips - Cultural Competence at your working place
This newest edition of Business Tips has been published in German, and introduces four simple actions to tackle cultural competence at the working place in order to prevent active and passive racism, by inviting the employees to talk and exchange with each other about their origins and cultural heritage. Click on the pic to the left for the story.

 

Zurich/Tokyo, December 15, 2014
Cross-Cultural Business Tips - still no 'kaizen' in Japan
In business, the Japanese word kaizen refers to all activities which would help improve functions, proceedings and operational standards. Successfully applied during the restoration period after the Second World War, Japan has lost contact with that powerful (and beautiful) word and how it could be used today. While Tokyo, since about a decade, is perfecting its infrastructure and building entire business districts in a most impressive fashion (i.e. Toranomon), the way people feel, behave and communicate in business has not changed in the last four decades. Click on the Olympics logo to the left for the full story; in english. 

February 10, 2015: Here is the same story in German; as published today in 'Erfolg', the monthly magazine of the Swiss SME-enterprise association.

 

Shanghai, China; December 10, 2014
Doing Business in China: about cultural differences
between China and the West

Foreign business travellers get the notion quickly before coming to China: prepare about the country, understand some of the key issues in cultural values and behaviours, be patient, have gratitude to the elder, and master greetings and the Guanxi-building. Story published in 'The Bridge' by the Swiss Chamber of Commerce China. Click on logo to access the pdf.

 

 Zurich, Switzerland, October 23, 2014
 The Global Leader in 10 Years
 (story in German) What would it take for a young business talent, aiming at being
 at  the top in 10 years from now? Read about a 10-point plan, as appeared in
 Zurich's leading economic newspaper 'Handelszeitung', which would help creating
 the perfect global leader. Wishful thinking, probably, such a perfect person does
 not exist. But nevertheless, the plan might help talents to aim high with the right
 tools. Access the publication through the logo on the left.

 

Frankfurt, Germany; May 22, 2014
Humour and Jokes in international business
This is a story about how humour, anecdotes and jokes may or may not be used in international business dealings. If well placed, humour can launch great and long-term business relations; if of bad taste or insulting, it can terminate any relations for good. The story is in German; as published in the trade magazine 'events'. Click on logo to access the pdf.

 

Chongqing, China; May 1, 2014
Doing Business in China? Then put Chongqing on the radar

Juggernaut, metropolis, or location for dooms-day science-fictions; Chongqing is all of it. Yet, the world knows little about this huge municipality; the largest in the world. A gigantic melting-pot at the Yangtze River, where high-rise buildings are shooting up like mushrooms. Not pretty for sure, but impressive. Read the attached 'Doing Business with China' cross-cultural tips for the full story.

 

March 12, 2014
Winning on the Cross-Cultural Business Battlefields.
Doing Business with Russia (Cross-Cultural Business Tips; in German)
In view of the current events in or connected with Russia - with powerful political and social impacts - it is important to understand more about cultural values and behaviours in Russia. See a Cross-Cultural Business Tip (published last winter) to the subject - in German. Click on the picture to read the full story.

 

January 26, 2014
Winning on the Cross-Cultural Business Battlefields.
Global leadership in today's context
Yes, in a perfect world, a global leader masters all psychological, philosophical, geographical, geopolitical and anthropological elements. A true superman with an excellent global understanding and great experience in EQ and CQ (emotional and cultural intelligence). Possibly multilingual, sensationally communicative, and equipped with all relevant tools, including lots of travel- and meeting-time at disposal. Wishful thinking, for sure. Such a person does not exist. Click on the picture to read the full story. 

October 8, 2013
Winning on the Cross-Cultural Business Battlefields.
Can stereotypes be applied in international business?
While preparing an international business meeting with clients or suppliers, one cannot help stereotypes coming to mind. Either in form of a ?funny? joke, a simple cliché, or sometimes a prejudice of more serious nature. When dealing with another cultural group, comparisons are always present, even if they are only based on ague images or a recent media-initiated comment. The truth is, stereotypes are omnipresent ? and it?s difficult to ignore them. Click on the picture to obtain the full story. 

Attached are furthermore a few recommendations about using and working with stereotypes during a cross-cultural seminar; a story prepared by Michael Gates of Richard Lewis Communications Ltd.

 

September 1, 2013
Interview in Beijings 'CIBTM Show Daily'
Cross-Culture Competence for Chinese Business Community
See a few questions and answers about why and how cross culture competence is valuable and required for the Chinese Business community as well - if they want to handle global Business in a smooth and successful Fashion.
Click on CIBTM logo to open the pdf.; in Mandarin.

July 21, 2013
Winning on the Cross-Cultural Business Battlefields.
Different Business Styles in the BRICS-markets
As the world gradually learns about the BRICS-nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) as young and vibrant economic power group, the question arises whether approaches and business behaviours in those five markets are somewhat similar. Read the full story.