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Message 5 of 6: Ainger Scanlon on 15/01/2009
Essentially to my mind international management training programmes are about:

a) about understanding your own culture’s beliefs and expectations about business and interpersonal dealings
b) understanding how these effect your behaviour and communication
c) exploring alternative interpretations of these behaviours and communication by other cultures
d) learning to adapt and read situations and check understanding, be aware of potential pitfalls and benefits in terms of creativity etc
e) practising techniques to manage this awareness and identifying possible areas of misunderstanding and avoiding such misunderstandings

There is a school of training in ‘How the xxxxx nationality do business’ but to my mind you can never learn anything and it just leads to stereotyping, and in any case within national cultures there are industry and organisational cultures. To my mind it is better to learn techniques and strategies than to learn rules and guidelines but then I am a victim of my own culture!.

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