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Initiatives such as a series of lectures jointly sponsored by the IUPUC Alumni Association and Columbus Area Multi-Ethnic Organization are becoming ever more important in an expanding global economy.
The lectures, which organizers plan to begin in November, will focus on how to adjust and adapt to the customs and traditions of other countries in the conduct of business. They will be limited to students and faculty members.
In one sense this is an exercise in basic etiquette, but it is about much more than simply being polite and accommodating to others. Personal behavior and demeanor have assumed a much greater importance in international business dealings and have to be taken very seriously by any business person who deals with contemporaries in other nations.
Even something as simple as the proper manner in which to present or receive a business card or the accepted procedure for beginning a business discussion can play into the outcome of negotiations.
The lectures will teach attendees some business basics for various countries, with each lecture focusing on a different country. It is an approach that is tailored for today’s changing economy and one that reflects the reality that the U.S. economy is not the only game in town.
Becoming acquainted with the social and business customs in other countries is a valuable asset, not only for the students who will directly benefit but for their potential employers who will not have to prepare them for encounters with business counterparts in other countries.
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