Succeed in your international assignment in Thailand

Module 1: Successful personal integration in Thailand

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 Thai culture

  • A wealth of resources concentrated on a peninsula in Indochina
  • A young, rural population on the threshold of major change
  • The key features of Thai identity: the monarchy, Buddhism and a national spirit
  • A historical and cultural heritage dating back centuries
  • A slow and chaotic transition to democracy
  • A country at the heart of the global trading system

3. Thai values and behaviour patterns

  • An Asian culture
  • The cycle of time
  • Saving face and keeping up appearances
  • A respect for age and for foreigners
  • Superstition as an essential aspect of Thai culture

4. Practical day-to-day information in Thailand

  • Focus on the host town
  • Infrastructure in need of improvement
  • A few vital hygiene rules to be observed
  • A country which is generally safe but with a number of violent hotspots to be avoided
  • A huge choice of sporting and cultural activities to be discovered

Module 2: Successful professional integration in Thailand

1. The Thai corporate world

  • The Sino-Thais: the kings of local business
  • Working methods and the notion of quality: Thai pragmatism
  • The central role played by business and commerce in Thailand
  • The role of the state and the authorities in Thai economic life

2. Effective communication with Thai counterparts

  • The circulation of information: a culture based on implicit communication
  • Networking in Thailand: building up your circle of contacts
  • The basics of effective communication: formality and moderation
  • The working language, the role of the interpreter: ensuring that you are properly understood

3. Working with Thai colleagues

  • Local management and corporate culture: the notion of hierarchy
  • Responsibilities and decision-making: establishing your personal credibility
  • Recruitment, loyalty building, training, knowledge transmission
  • Motivating, delegating, providing feedback and praise, resolving conflicts

4. Successful meetings and negotiations in Thailand

  • Understanding Thai negotiation strategies and methods
  • Time and deadline management: learning to be patient, getting accustomed to waiting
  • Written contracts, their interpretation and implications

5. Final handy tips

  • Caution, patience and humility
  • Social standards, gifts, business cards, dress code, festivities
  • Sensitive subjects: politics, history, sexuality
  • Humour: a double-edged sword

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