Labor or Leisure? Working Time around the Globe

This Thursday, May 1, is a welcome day off from work for millions of people across the globe. While the Anglophone world (e.g. Canada or the US) has established Labor Day as a national holiday in autumn, many other countries, for instance in Europe or Latin America, celebrate the same occasion on a different date. […]

Visualizing International Communication Patterns

Can some graphics with lots of arrows, squiggly lines, and a couple of captions save your international business meetings? One man thinks they can. Cross-Cultural Communication Charts Richard D. Lewis is an author and a consultant for cross-cultural communication. In his approach to doing business around the globe, he has attempted to summarize the conversational […]

Things to Consider Before Taking an International Assignment

Since the new year 2014 is barely two months old, many of us are still considering new beginnings. If your new beginning involves working abroad as an expat woman, this is exciting news and you are in good company. There is a projected boom in the number of expats over the next few years, due […]

Five Questions for Debbie Wibowo from Upwardly Global

We have recently talked quite a bit about “self-made expats” in this blog. But what about skilled immigrants, or highly qualified refugees, who’d like to “make it”, too, but who often have more difficulties in finding a career opportunity in their field? The US organization “Upwardly Global” aims to support this very specific group of […]

Go Big, or Go Home: Tips for Self-Made Expats

For the last couple of weeks, our blog was mostly „all play and no work“. After our guest authors’ advice on making new friends abroad and hosting an international dinner party, it’s time to return to the business world today. Lots of employees are dreaming of becoming their own boss and calling the shots. The […]

Book Review: Cultural Agility by Paula Caligiuri

„Cultural agility“ – this expression seems to be the perfect buzzword for our increasingly globalized world at work. But how do you actually define such an apparently nebulous thing? What are common myths and misconceptions about cultural agility? And how can you leverage genuine cross-cultural skills in the corporate sphere, especially in managerial positions? These […]

Wanted: Your Experiences of Working and Living Abroad

Today in the ‘InterNations Recommends’ category, we would like to introduce to you the Expat Archive Centre. The name is pretty self-explanatory … The Expat Archive Centre collects memories and testimonials from expats all over the world, stores them and makes them accessible for offline (and hopefully soon also online) research, thus documenting the global […]

A Web of Learning

Our guest blogger Abu Muhammed, and American expat living in Saudi Arabia, introduces himself with some reflections on the presidential elections in the US and how he used them to breech the subject of research to his Arab students. It is election time in the States and Americans now focus their highly distractible intellects on […]

Hi-Tech Chaos

Josef from Germany moved to Kolkata (Calcutta), India to work at a software company and is amazed at how incredibly chaotic things are at his new job! I have to be honest and say that I was not too excited about moving to India for a two year expat assignment. A colleague of mine was […]

Negotiations en France

Juan Carlos from Costa Rica got a promotion at his job, which transferred him to Marseilles, France. He was incredibly excited about this prospect and really looked forward to France. What took him a long time to get accustomed to, were the very different working conditions and inter-work relationships! I always thought the French were […]