Recommended materials to assist you

Recommended materials to assist you


Whether it's understanding diverse business practices, appreciating different communication styles, or cultivating empathy towards our international colleagues, the insights we gain from literature are immeasurable. Here's some of our favourite reads that have helped us.

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Books on Countries and Customs

  • Among the Iranians, A Guide to Iran's Culture and Customs: Sofia A. Koutlaki
  • Argentina Travel Guide 2023: The Optimum Guide to Culture and Customs: Mark Holz
  • Au Contraire! 2nd ed. Figuring Out the French: Gilles Asselin, Ruth Mastron
  • Brazil Inside Out: People, politics and culture: Jan Rocha, Francis McDonagh
  • Doing Business in Chile and Peru: Challenges and Opportunities:  John E. Spillan, Mohammad Nakibur Rahman
  • Doing Business in the Middle East: A cultural and practical guide for all Business Professionals by Donna Marsh
  • Essential Cambodia: A Guide for Foreign Entrepreneurs, Investors and Managers:  Allen Dodgson Tan
  • Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf: Richard D. Lewis,
  • Hong Kong: Cultural Awareness and Business Negotiations: Wallace Line
  • Israeli Business Culture: Building Effective Business Relationships with Israelis:  Osnat Lautman
  • It's All Chinese To Me: An Overview of Culture & Etiquette in China: Pierre Ostrowski
  • Learning to Think Korean, A Guide to Living and Working in Korea: L. Robert Kohls
  • Modern Day Vikings, A Practical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes: Christina Johansson Robinowitz, Lisa Werner Carr
  • Playing By The Rules: Understanding German Business Culture:  Michael Staudacher
  • Singapore Business Culture: How To Immerse Yourself In The Singapore Business Culture: Elwood Mercure
  • Speaking of India, Bridging the Communication Gap When Working with Indians: Craig Storti
  • Swiss Watching, Inside Europe's Landlocked Island: Diccon Bewes
  • The Japanese Mind Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture: Osamu Ikeno & Roger Davies
  • The Korean Mind: Understanding Contemporary Korean Culture: Boye Lafayette De Mente 
  • The Middle East Unveiled: A cultural and practical guide for all Western business professionals: Donna Marsh
  • With Respect to the Japanese, Going to Work in Japan: John C. Condon, Tomoko Masumoto
  • Working and Living in Saudi Arabia: Second Edition:  Grace Edwards
  • Working with Norwegians (Guides to Norway):  Sean Percival 

Books on Culture and Global Working

  • Beyond Culture: Edward T. Hall
  • Coaching International Teams: Improving Communication, Inclusion and Productivity: Alexandra Morgan
  • Communicating Across Cultures: Stella Ting-Toomey
  • Cross-Cultural Communication: A Visual Approach: Richard D. Lewis
  • Cultures and Organizations: Geert Hofstede
  • Global Leadership Perspectives: Simon Western and Eric-Jean Garcia
  • International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour: Nancy J. Adler
  • Mind Your Manners – Managing Business Cultures in Europe: John Mole
  • Riding the Waves of Culture: Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaars
  • The Culture Map: Erin Meyer
  • Understanding Cultural Differences: Edward T.Hall & Mildred Reed Hall
  • When Cultures Collide – Managing Successfully Across Cultures: Richard D. Lewis

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