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July 2005 Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources

The theme that has emerged for this second issue of our newsletter is that of taking an authentically intercultural approach to interculturalism.

We believe this to be a thought-provoking issue. We hope you'll agree, and we welcome your feedback!

Best wishes,

The Cultural Detective Team

Introducing & Validating Values
Dr. George Simons Mandelieu la Napoule, FR  
3 Steps for Effective Intercultural Training
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How do you help people understand and utilize cultural differences, or indeed, understand culture, when so many of us are multicultural?

Using examples from aerospace, the India-China-Western European interface, and international social services, this world-renowned consultant walks us through the values-based approach he uses in training.

Indigenous Contributions to Global Management
Dr. Asma Abdullah Kuala Lumpur, MY  
Important Role for Cultural Detective
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How can we ensure our management practices are interculturally productive and inclusive?

A corporate anthropologist and ex-HRD specialist in ExxonMobil emphasizes the danger inherent in the universalism-particularism dynamic, and the crucial importance of context. She presents a checklist of questions to ask to better understand indigenous approaches and to more effectively balance the pull between the global and the local.

Are You Prejudiced?
Harvard's Implicit Association Test
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Do you prefer gay over straight, black over white, fat over thin? What are your social biases? Take this online quiz and find out!

A team of researchers from Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington are conducting online research on your unconscious or implicit social preferences. The test requires some focus, and we found it very stimulating.

The study examines age, gender, race, sexuality, weight, religion, physical ability, and skin tone, and explains the differences between attitudes, preferences, stereotypes, associations, and beliefs. There are separate sites for Australia, Canada, France, India, South Africa, and the UK.

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