Cultural difference in business | Valerie Dressing for confidence and joy | Stasia Savasuk 1 day ago   12:18

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. One of the elements of the cultural difference between Europe and China is the importance that is given to relationships. In the West you would assume the importance to be the same, but there is a significant distinction. In China connections with the right people help you to get things done, to survive and to succeed.

Whereas in the West content is predominant, in China the way people interact with each other strongly influences the working environment. 'Face' and long-term effects are taken into consideration.

Valérie Hoeks (1982) studied Sinology at the Leiden University and has been active in China for over a decade as a traveller, a student and later as an entrepreneur. As soon as she set foot on Chinese soil she knew she would come back many times.

In 2010 Valérie co-founded China Inroads in collaboration with with her Dutch and Chinese business partner. China Inroads provides a strong foothold for innovative companies that want to expand their business to the Chinese market.

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Zebo Shukurova
Good . But what they do now with Muslims is not good .
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Philip Royal
Very interesting sharing this, thanks
Xiao Fan
Very impressive video. But if I were the presenter, I would focus my examples more on how exactly the cultural difference changed the way business works, rather than explain the stereotypes. The presenter shifts the topic a little bit.
YOU say Chinese language wrong ,what Confucius said is not accurately ,it's "有朋自远方来,不亦乐乎“.
mi sz
This is a bit useless or the description is wrong
Fereshteh Z
misleading title, where did she talk about biz??!!
Cristina Rivera
"Chinese are extremely lazy" said no one ever lol. I don't know why she thought people would assume that. I thought a common understanding is that the Chinese are the most hardworking people in the world, or is that just a stereotype? I seriously doubt tho, working hard is such a huge part of their culture. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Mixtec Jaguar
Well their society accepts, rudeness.
Nguyễn Viết Đức
Great thankful appreciation for valuable information focused on Social Cultural Education.
Sinem Acar Burkay
she's full of arrogance...
manikandan r
My goal world level business in people communication
shengjun chen
very good! I'm really impressed!
Duke Nguyen
She really looks like Loki. Really.
Ivan Yankov
I have never known a thing that summarizes my people in just 12 mins. Thank you Valerie :')
Grace Liu
You should learn more and then give the presentation precisely.
Sirius Pang
I am a Chinese, but her Mandarin is much better than me, pronounced accurately.
Sorry, isn't supposed about "Cultural difference in business"?.... Hum, something is missing here...   You talked about your experience in China... What's that has to do with "Cultural difference in business"? In fact, you say nothing about Chinese culture, nor doing business in China as American, Canadian, Russian, etc.
Dear Columbia Southern University, you sent me here to learn something from this wonderful speech. I can admit to you... This is a "Bu*ll Sh*it" talk ... nothing to do with the title. I wasted 12 minutes and 17 second of my life for nothing.
Hansheng Zhou
What bothers me is that most people want to compare western culture to other cultures, but they rarely compare non-western cultures among themselves.
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