Thursday, April 28, 2005

aussie expats in need of cross cultural training

Australian expatriates are often seen as rude and aggressive by their Asian colleagues. In addition, they lack the maturity and preparation required to function in a region as culturally diverse as Asia, a study has concluded.

Dr Melissa Butcher, of the University of Sydney's Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific, presented the findings of a three year study of Australians working in Asia in Sydney.

The study, 'Strange Food, Hotel Rooms and Airport Lounge: How to cope without losing your mind', focused on Australian expatriates employed in India and Singapore and found widespread deficiencies in how companies prepared their workers for life and business in Asia.

These deficiencies, said Dr Butcher, could hurt a worker's effectiveness. "You need to understand culture and cultural diversity to be competitive globally," she said.

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bloomberg goes spanish

Bloomberg News, the leading provider of global news and data, today announced the launch of a Spanish-language business section for El Nuevo Herald, Florida's largest Spanish-language daily newspaper published by The Miami Herald.

The new weekly business section, titled Negocios con Bloomberg, will appear every Monday. Negocios con Bloomberg will debut in the May 9, 2005 edition of El Nuevo Herald. This is Bloomberg's first Spanish-language business news supplement in the U.S. Bloomberg produces Spanish-language business supplements with Chile's La Segunda, Panama's La Prensa and Venezuela's El Nacional (launching in May).

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women dominating internet use

The Internet may be reaching a tipping point. Females now make up a majority of the US online population, and their numbers are growing. As women who dominate offline spending, extend their influence on shopping and buying online, they will transform content, commerce and marketing. Are marketers, agencies, retailers and content sites prepared for the women's Web?

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Posted by Neil Payne at 5:09 PM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: pusillanimous

pusillanimous \pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-muhs\, adjective:
Lacking in courage and resolution; contemptibly fearful; cowardly.

Evil, unspeakable evil, rose in our midst, and we as a people were too weak, too indecisive, too pusillanimous to deal with it. --Kevin Myers, "An Irishman's Diary," Irish Times, October 20, 1999

Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax. --Vivien Kellems, Toil, Taxes and Trouble

Posted by Neil Payne at 5:07 PM
Categories: Expand Your Vocabulary

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

doing business in belarus

Doing business in Belarus? Then you need to read our latest guide to doing business abroad.

The concise article offers some basic pointers for business personnel visiting the country, looking at areas such as meeting, greeting, negotiating and certain cultural no no's.

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australian food guidelines ignore cultural differences

Australia's food guidelines are not appropriate to its diverse cultural groups, a social researcher says.

Writing in the current issue of The Australian Health Consumer, Dr Danielle Gallegos of Perth's Murdoch University says it's time to question whether Australian food guidelines are meeting the needs of the whole community.

"There is growing recognition that within the nutrition arena we are failing to provide information that is relevant for individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds," she wrote.

Read more: Food
Posted by Neil Payne at 10:14 AM
Categories: Cross Cultural News

religion and belief in the workplace

Eleven major UK employers have joined to launch a ground breaking new initiative on the complex issue of belief. The Employers Forum on Belief (EFB) has been set up to establish and share good practice on religion and belief in the workplace.

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Read our article, Religion, Belief and HR

Pamela Meyer, the founder of, said she found that expats, like newcomers to any area, even in their home countries used to rely heavily on university and women's clubs and similar groups for information. Now, she said, they are increasingly seeking to meet their needs online, and in one place.

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Posted by Neil Payne at 10:08 AM
Categories: Expatriate

XM launches spanish channel

XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. on Tuesday said it plans to launch a national 24-hour Spanish-language sports channel in July to capitalize on the quickly-growing Hispanic media market.

The channel will feature Spanish coverage of many sports events, including the World Cup, which will be held next year in Germany, as well as qualifying soccer matches, beginning later this year.

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uk internet advertising rises 60%

The UK Advertising Association's recently published figures indicate that UK internet advertising revenues for 2004 were £635milion, an increase of 60% over 2003.

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Posted by Neil Payne at 9:59 AM
Categories: Web Globalization

word of the day: detritus

detritus \dih-TRY-tuhs\, noun;
plural detritus:
1. Loose material that is worn away from rocks.
2. Hence, any fragments separated from the body to which they belonged; any product of disintegration; debris.

The water was smooth and brown, with detritus swirling in the eddies from the increasing current. --Gordon Chaplin, Dark Wind: A Survivor's Tale of Love and Loss

If they [flying cars] were easy to produce, we'd be walking around wearing helmets to protect us from the detritus of flying car crashes. --Gail Collins, "Grounded for 2000," New York Times, December 7, 1999

Posted by Neil Payne at 9:49 AM
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