Succeed in your international assignment in India

Module 1: Successful personal integration in India

1. Cross-cultural awareness: the key to a successful expatriation

  • Taking stock of one's own cultural baggage
  • Culture shock and the integration process
  • Identifying and going beyond cultural stereotypes

2. Key aspects of Indian culture

  • The world’s largest democracy
  • A thousand-year history
  • A cradle of civilisation at a junction where east meets west
  • An economic giant with a booming economy
  • From a subsistence economy to a specialized economy
  • The emergence of a middle class
  • A key player on the world stage politically

3. Indian values and behaviour patterns

  • An extremely hierarchical society: social classes, castes, community
  • Religion
  • The key place of the family in Indian society
  • The role of women
  • A continuous view of time
  • Reasoning and thinking patterns, communication styles
  • Attitudes to risk-taking and uncertainty

4. Practical day-to-day information

  • Focus on the host town or city
  • Transport, administration, housing, security, hygiene and healthcare: necessary precautions
  • An endless range of things to see and do
  • Schools, extracurricular activities, sport

Module 2: Successful personal integration in India   

1. The Indian corporate world

  • Keys to understanding how companies operate in India
  • The Indian view of intellectual property and the notion of quality
  • A state-managed economy, in the process of embracing liberalism
  • Indian economic patriotism

2. Effective communication with Indians

  • Forming your own “network”
  • The importance of small-talk
  • Understanding underlying messages and non-verbal communication
  • Indian English or an interpreter: asking the right questions

3. Working with Indian teams

  • Building a sense of community: instilling a team spirit
  • Superstition within the workplace
  • Recruitment, loyalty building, training, knowledge transmission
  • Motivating, delegating, providing feedback, boosting self-esteem and handling conflicts

4. Succesful meetings and negotiations

  • The preparation phase: identifying decision-makers
  • Taking full account of ethnical and regional characteristics
  • Time and deadline management
  • Indian negotiation techniques
  • Written contracts, their interpretation and implications

5. Final handy tips

  • Indian rites and symbols, mealtime etiquette, festivities and celebrations
  • Social standards, gifts, business cards, dress code, etc

Succeed in your international assignment in India

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