Australia China Life Science Summit - February 2014

UGM's Dr Margaret Byrne speaking on 'Cultural Risk and the China Challenge'

Think of what happens when you face a viral attack. These happen all the time but, if you have a healthy immune system, you withstand normal, everyday challenges. In the same way, if your organisation is culturally capable, you’ll be resilient and resourceful when a problem occurs. But what happens if your cultural competence is low? The health and success of your efforts in Asia are put at risk and they may even fail altogether.

The source of this challenge is that two distinct mindsets – Chinese and Western – have been identified, with new findings from cultural neuroscience illuminating what so often goes wrong. Trust and rapport are eroded by misunderstanding and negative judgements. Mismatched expectations cause plans and projects to sour. In this short presentation,

Dr Margaret Byrne will share her research on cultural risk and how to tackle the ‘China challenge’.

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UGM adopts an evidence-based, cultural intelligence approach to the related issues of cultural diversity, cultural awareness and international business. This develops an Asia capable workforce as well as one which is culturally competent in global settings. We focus on the cultural competence needed to implement strategic plans. This involves developing specific intercultural (or cross cultural) skills to behave effectively and appropriately in relation to cultural differences. It may also include consideration of unconscious bias and building inclusive cultures.

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