Cross Cultural Management Summit - Going Beyond Global

MAR. 22–24, 2018


Leadership Across Cultures

Fons Trompenaars, Partner, People and Change at KPMG Netherlands

Fons Trompenaars will talk about managing effectively across cultural borders. He will expand that it is not simply about national and organizational cultural differences, but about how to manage the dilemmas they can create between people, organizations and even countries. He will introduce the audience to the concept of bridging different perspectives and leveraging diversity for high performance by looking at the models of framing ‘culture’ and the way in which culture affects our perspective and behaviour.

Why Strategy Needs Culture, and Culture Needs Strategy

Ben Gomes-Casseres, Professor of International Business, Brandeis University

Three laws of determine the success of any business combination – from M&A to alliances and networks. These deals must have the potential to create joint value, they must be governed well, and the value created must be shared fairly. For the parties to “remix” their capabilities effectively, cultural and strategic management must go hand-in-hand. This talk introduces a roadmap to integrate culture and strategy in business combinations.

Leveraging Cultural Competency for Business Performance

Sandy Harris, Vice President Corporate Diversity Strategy & Internal Operations, Sodexo

In today's increasingly complex and interdependent global economy, cultural competence is a business imperative that can drive an organization's ability to attract and develop the best talent, create an engaged and high-performing workforce, and deliver exceptional results for clients and customers. Using programmatic examples and strategies for advancing cultural competence, this session will explore how cultural competence is a competitive advantage and should be a fundamental component of any organization's long-term strategy.

Leveraging Differences: Culture in M&A Strategy

Gerald Faustino, Business Strategy Senior Manager, Accenture LTD

Melding cultures is integral to organizational mergers and acquisitions. Being successful in doing so is dependent on having a clear strategy that takes culture into account. Within this presentation, two case studies will be provided to illustrate the value of incorporating socio-cultural phenomena in planning the integration strategy of organizations.

Leading Across New Borders

Ernest Gundling, Managing Partner and co-Founder of Aperian Global

Key global trends – demographic, economic, and technological – are rapidly changing the face of the planet. Many approaches to global leadership development are still heavily influenced by a prior era, and are not adapted to the needs of future leaders. This presentation offers a critique of common forms of leadership development as well as recommendations for cultivating the next generation of leadership, including accelerated development of talent from emerging markets.

IBM Corporate Citizenship: Innovation at the Intersection of Business and Society

Stanley S. Litow, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs and President of the IBM Foundation

IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Vice President Stanley S. Litow will share his perspective on how IBM integrates corporate citizenship with business strategy, and engages and develops the company's next generation of global leaders through an innovative program of citizen diplomacy in the world's growing economies.

What is a Global Mindset?

Mansour Javidan, Director of Najafi Global Mindset Institute

Dr. Javidan will focus on the unique complexities and challenges of global roles and will explain the concept of Global Mindset and how it can help global managers succeed. He will explain the dimensions of Global Mindset and the steps that managers can take to improve every aspect of their Global Mindset.

Building a Pipeline of Culturally Agile Professionals

Paula Caligiuri, DAmore-McKim Distinguished Professor of International Business at Northeastern University

In today’s interconnected and dynamic world, success is a function of professionals who have an ability to operate effectively in intercultural and multicultural situations -- people with cultural agility. This presentation will describe the profile of individuals who can readily gain cultural agility and the research on the common myths and mistakes inhibiting the development of cultural agility.

A Journey into the Value of Values

Kristine Kawamura, Professor of Management, St. Georges University

Within a world both flattening and connecting, effective firms and the individuals within them must connect, communicate, collaborate, and compete with others who have different cultural values. In this workshop, we will discuss the role of values in separating and connecting people. We will learn how values develop, how to identify and adapt to them, and how use this understanding to bridge cultural differences and build flourishing organizations.

Enhancing Cultural Learning with Guided Mindfulness

Richard Griffith, Executive Director of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management

Effective Cross Cultural Competence (3C) training relies heavily on experiential learning, which retains the nuances of cross cultural interactions, but is idiosyncratic in nature, is unstructured, and is not easily evaluated. A new artificially intelligent platform, Guided Mindfulness, which guides learners through mindful sensemaking during a novel cultural learning events, is presented.