November 17, 2015
Cultural differences Geert Hofstede once said Cultural differences are a nuisance at best and often a disaster. Already an impressive 77% of the foreign companies are making a profit with a further 9% breaking even. The success lies in the ability to understand and adapt to the Indian work culture. Unfortunately Western entrepreneurs often display a misplaced arrogance. Their directness is uncomfortable in a culture where saying ‘no’ is impolite.
August 8, 2013
“Many multinational companies have hidden, unrecognised multicultural gems within their ranks. To find these and get the most from their unique skills means taking the time and trouble to carefully develop and deploy multicultural managers in critical positions.” Read more by my former INSEAD professor of Strategic Management, Yves Doz.
November 4, 2012
At THiNK 2012 being held in Goa this weekend, Sherry Turkle spoke on the social network: why are robots are becoming human and men machines. As a psychologist, over the years she became more concerned with the change to a virtual reality in that we become social robots. I agree as one only has to see this happening at dinners and parties where often our friends are staring at their mobile rather than engaging in a more real social activity.
June 5, 2006
Doing business in India: A Dutch perspective is the paper I presented at the Eurasian Management Education & Training Conference held at the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam (June 13, 2006). Humility forces me to admit that that my fellow speaker, Dr Bert Twaalfhoven and entrepreneur pur sang, presented a much more interesting glimpse of his colourful business career.