Cross-Cultural Articles

December: A Month of Celebrations!

The “Other” December Holidays We often tend to associate the month of December with Christmas, and all the traditions that surround it. With the exception of Hannukah, many of us probably cannot name even one other holiday that takes place in December! This is in spite of the fact that worldwide, December has more holidays […]

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On December 22, 2014, posted in: Articles, Cross-Cultural Articles by

The Diversity Guide for Holiday Greetings

Spreading the “Holiday Cheer”? Many of us are accustomed to this time of year being deemed the “holiday season”– viewed as a time of celebration, gift-giving and spending time with family. In addition to Christmas, many people celebrate other year-end holidays around this time, such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Then of course there are those […]

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On December 12, 2014, posted in: Articles, Cross-Cultural Articles by

Cultural Considerations in Business

The degree to which cultural awareness plays into a company’s international marketing strategy can determine its success or failure – and yet it’s often overlooked. Ignoring culture can alienate potential business, which is why it should impact the decisions you make, interactions with customers, advertising strategies and website localization . So what is culture? It’s […]

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On July 28, 2011, posted in: Cross-Cultural Articles by

Culture and Why it Matters to Your Business

In 2003, an Xbox game received an extremely vocal and negative reaction due to religious content deemed offensive. Kakuto Chojin: Back Alley Brutal, developed by Dream Publishing and published by Microsoft Game Studios in 2002, contained verses from the Qur’an being chanted in the background. Since the majority of Muslims believe the Qur’an should be handled with the utmost respect as it is the literal word of God, there was considerable outrage among many groups for the perceived lack of deference afforded to the Qur’an in the Xbox game. As a result, the game was recalled and the companies involved alienated many potential customers and experienced a loss of sales.

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On April 1, 2011, posted in: Cross-Cultural Articles by

Easter and other holidays around the World

Have you ever received an email saying “Happy Holidays” even though you will not actually be celebrating anything? People love to share their happiness with others and sometimes they do not remember that the recipient might not be in the same situation. This is very common in multinational societies, like in Canada, where there are so many different nationalities living and working together.

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On August 12, 2010, posted in: Cross-Cultural Articles by