Asia readiness: Bridging the cultural gaps

With Australia’s ever-increasing close ties with Asian markets and industries, it is essential that managers understand how to bridge cultural gaps

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The Gillard Government’s Asian Century white paper stated that by 2030, Asia’s GDP is forecast to increase to $US 67 trillion dollars larger than the US and Europe combined.

The white paper also estimates that in less than two decades, Asia’s middle class will exceed 2.5 billion people and will account for over 50% of the world’s total middle class. Geographically, Australia is poised to take advantage of this huge market, however, Australian companies must also be willing to bridge some substantial culture gaps.

Join specialist on the topic, Sally Anne Gaunt, as she introduces you to the core differences that need to be taken into account when working in East and South East Asia. The session will also explore the importance of being able to accept some of the many differences in business beliefs and values that exist between Australia and our Asian neighbors.

More specifically, this presentation will cover:

• How to stay objective when faced with very different cultural values
and beliefs

• Leadership traits that are universally acceptable and those that are
culturally contingent

• Understanding Guanxi and the network of relationships needed for
success in Asia

• The importance of external stakeholders such as local and national

• Understanding how ‘time’ is perceived differently in the Asia Pacific

• How to manage expectations when working in Asia but reporting to an
Australian head office

• Managing indirect communication when “yes” doesn’t mean “yes”

• How to performance-manage in a culture that is highly concerned with
‘saving face’

You can expect to walk away with an enhanced understanding of how and why management and leadership needs to change when working in the Asia Pacific region.

From: July 23, 2014 18:00
To: July 23, 2014 19:30

AIM, 7 Macquarie Pl, 2000, Sydney, Australia


Business, Management


cultural values and beliefs, leadership, network & relationships

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