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Intercultural Training for Groups

 
We offer intercultural training for groups in India, China and Bolivia. The contents are specifically designed to cover the culture of the respective host country and target, for instance, university groups, companies and other organizations that want to make their efforts in the respective geographical regions more effective by means of targeted intercultural training.
 
The following modules are available:
 
  • Working with... (Indians, Chinese, Bolivians/Latin Americans)
  • Doing business in... (India, China, Bolivia/Latin America)
  • Living with... (Indians, Chinese, Bolivians/Latin Americans)
 
Each module can be offered in a compact way (duration: 1 day) or more comprehensive way (duration: 2 days). Particular objectives and interests of the group can be accommodated. Intercultural training for groups can also be perfectly integrated into study tours and further group activities in your host country.
 
Intercultural Training in India

(we also offer the India modules to be conducted anywhere in Europe and the Middle East!)
 

Module I.1  "Working with Indians"

 
This module is designed to help individuals who work with teams who are primarily Indians, as well as organizations, for instance in the field of international cooperation, that cooperate with Indian partners in the implementation of a common goal or common projects.
 
In such a context, as a non-Indian you will most probably come across different management styles, different equations between colleagues, different ideas of work-life balance and processes. Our module is designed to help you understand the cultural differences that lead to such differences.
 
The One-Day Course can include:
 
9.00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9.30 a.m. – India, an overview of a culture
10.00 a.m. – Introduction to cultural studies
10.30 a.m. – Exercises with value statements to illustrate cultural differences
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. – Introduction to Hofstede’s 6D Model of Culture
3.30 p.m. – Culture Compass survey and discussion of its results
4.30 p.m. – Implications of the culture compass survey's results and recommendations with a focus on working styles, organizationals forms, co-worker equations and work-life balance
6.00 p.m. – Discussion and closing remarks
 
Two-Day Course Schedule:
 
Day 1:
 
9.00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9.30 a.m. – India, an overview of a culture
10.30 a.m. – Introduction to cultural studies
11.00 a.m. – Exercises in Value Statements to illustrate cultural differences
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. – Simulation Activity
2.30 p.m. - Hofstede’s 6D model of culture
6.00 p.m. – Close
 
Day 2:
 
9.00 a.m. – Discussion on 6D Model
9.30 a.m. – Case Study discussion about Individuals and organizations working with Indians
10.30 a.m. – Influence of cultural factors for working styles in India
11.30 a.m. – Role play “A typical work meeting in India”
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. – Culture Compass Survey and discussion of its results
2.30 p.m. – Simulation Activity
3.00 p.m. - Comparison of cultural factors between your home country and India and their relevance in the work environment
4.30 p.m. – Role play “Work-Life balance”
6.00 p.m. - Close

 
Module I.2  "Doing business in India"

 
This module of Intercultural training is designed for businesses that are looking to expand to India or that are already active in India, as well as for students of business who want to specialise in doing business in the subcontinent. How do cultural aspects influence the way business is made in India? How do you communicate most effectively with Indian business partners? How do you approach potential clients? How do you deal with authorities and officials? What are the cultural nuances in interactions with different stakeholders? We cover these aspects and more (upon request) in our Intercultural workshop.
 
Aspects that people from other cultures can have difficulties with in India include indirect communication styles and a high level of bureaucracy that might be reduced by addressing them in a culturally adapted way. An intercultural training might avoid unnecessary misunderstandings and frustrations and predict potential problem areas.
 
The One-Day Course can include:
 
9.00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9.30 a.m. – India, an overview of a culture
10.00 a.m. – Introduction to cultural studies
10.30 a.m. – Exercises with value statements to illustrate cultural differences
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. – Introduction to Hofstede’s 6D Model continued
3.30 p.m. – Culture Compass Survey and discussion of its results
4.30 p.m. – Implications of the Culture Compass survey and recommendations for doing business in India
6.00 p.m. – Discussion and closing remarks
 
Two-Day Course Schedule:
 
Day 1:
 
9.00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9.30 a.m. – India, an overview of a culture
10.30 a.m. – Introduction to culture
11.00 a.m. – Exercises in Value Statements to illustrate cultural differences
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. – Simulation Activity
2.30 p.m. - Hofstede's 6D model of culture
6.00 p.m. – Close
 
Day 2:
 
9.00 a.m. – Discussion on 6D Model
9.30 a.m. – Case Studies - foreign organizations in India
10.30 a.m. – Cultural implications of doing business in India
11.30 a.m. – Role play “A typical business meeting in India”
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. – Culture Compass Survey and discussion of its results
2.30 p.m. – Simulation Activity
3.00 p.m. - Implications of the Hofstede model in India in comparison with your home country and their relevance in the business context 1) B2B and 2) B2C
4.30 p.m. – Role play “Business Communication in India”
6.00 p.m. - Close
 

Module I.3  "Living in India/Living with Indians"

 
This module is designed for those looking to live in India for an extended period of time, or those who are simply interested in the fascinating Indian culture. It gives you an understanding about everyday living in India.
 
You want to understand India outside of your work context? You are accompanying a family member who got a job in India? You have an Indian life partner and you want to understand him/her and his/her social environment in a better way?
 
Moving to another country or living closely with members of another culture can be difficult if ways of life and ways of thinking suddenly appear "strange" to you. What may be exciting and exotic in the beginning will sooner or later and in various intensities result in a "culture shock" whose different phases you will go through. Our one day and two days workshops for Intercultural orientation on “Living in India/with Indians” will make your stay within a new culture much easier!
 
The One-Day Course can include:
 
9.00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9.30 a.m. – India, an overview of a culture
10.00 a.m. – Introduction to cultural studies
10.30 a.m. – Exercises with value statements to illustrate cultural differences
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. –  Hofstede’s 6D model of culture – a brief introduction
3.30 p.m. – Culture Shock (related to India) – stages and recommendations
4.30 p.m. – Case Studies and Role Play
6.00 p.m. – Discussion and closing remarks
 
Two-Day Course Schedule:
 
Day 1:
 
9.00 a.m. – Welcome and introductions
9.30 a.m. – India, an overview of a culture
10.00 a.m. – Introduction to cultural studies
11.00 a.m. – Exercises in Value Statements to illustrate cultural differences
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. - Simulation Activities
2.30 p.m. – Hofstede’s 6D model of culture
6.00 p.m. – Close
 
Day 2:
 
9.00 a.m. – Discussion on 6D Model
9.30 a.m. – Case Study discussion
10.30 a.m. – Culture Shock (related to India) – stages and recommendations
11.30 a.m. – Role play “Interpersonal Communication in India”
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.30 p.m. – Culture Compass Survey and Discussion of its results
2.30 p.m. – Simulation Activity
3.00 p.m. - Implications of the Hofstede model in India in comparison with your home country in relation to everyday life
4.30 p.m. – Role play “Dealing with autorickshawallahs, shopkeepers, maids and other service providers”
6.00 p.m. - Close
 
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All modules can be offered anywhere in India, as well as in Europe and the Middle East.
 
The coach is Ms. Divya Susan, a certified Intercultural practitioner with Itim International, Helsinki, a partner of the Hofstede Center. She is also certified in Organizational Culture in the national Indian context.
 
We also arrange accommodation, meals and leisure activities at your location of choice. This module can furthermore be combined with group study tours, internships and other projects. Contact us and let us know about your objective and interests out of the program, and we will work out a customised program for your group.
 
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