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Yes, but also no? The role of context in the Chinese workplace

Yes, but also no? The role of context in the Chinese workplace

As the world’s second largest economy and its most populated country, China offers huge opportunities for foreign companies. However, China is also often considered one of the more challenging countries to do business – the reasons for this are not just economic and political but also interpersonal and cultural. This blog post examines the complexities of Chinese communication styles and offers some practical advice on how to communicate more professionally and efficiently in the Chinese business environment.

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Sink or swim? Clever companies never throw their international assignees in at the deep end

Sink or swim? Clever companies never throw their international assignees in at the deep end

International assignments provide great opportunities for both individual employees and their organisations and now often form an important element in talent development and retention strategies. However, they can be extremely costly and, if poorly managed cause financial and reputational damage. In this blog post we explore what companies can do to support their expatriates throughout the lifecycle of an international assignment.

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Seven reasons why we need multicultural employees in the workplace

Seven reasons why we need multicultural employees in the workplace

We are pleased to welcome Michelle Lau, our latest guest blogger and current intern at LSIC. Michelle was born and raised in the Netherlands and has Chinese ancestry. She will share her insights on having a multicultural identity and how this can benefit in the workplace. Today she tackles the question: Why hire someone with a multicultural identity?

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How can you become a learning organisation?

How can you become a learning organisation?

Learning organisations are great places to work and share a culture where learning is valued, embedded and celebrated. Embedding a learning culture in your organisation could be crucial for sustainable future success and this blog post offers some practical advice about how to do just that.

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Why invest in intercultural training?

Why invest in intercultural training?

Working internationally requires an intercultural toolkit always at the ready. This doesn't come naturally to everyone and some professionals who are successful at home aren't always able to adapt to working in different environments or with colleagues and partners from different backgrounds. Intercultural training is still sometimes seen as a nice-to-have rather than a must-have set of business skills but read on to find out the real value of intercultural training.

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