Short-term vs. Long-term Cultures – Can they be ranked qualitatively?

Psychology and behavioral economics (see Dan Ariely at Duke University, for instance) tell us that decisions based solely on intuition and hot states (that is, intense momentary stimuli) are often wrong and unsustainable in the long term. They are influenced or even manipulated by limbic processes (shock, fear, loathing, pity, joy). Can we derive from … Continue reading Short-term vs. Long-term Cultures – Can they be ranked qualitatively?

Economic Migration And The Romanian Diasporas

A net record of 429,000 immigrants arrived in Germany in 2013 alone, making it the second most favored place of immigration after the United States. According to Aktiv Zeitung, an publication of the German metal industry, 500,000 more are expected this year. (And yet, Germany does not see itself as a country of immigrants.) The … Continue reading Economic Migration And The Romanian Diasporas

3(+2!) Tips For Doing Business With Romanians

Of course there is much more to Romania than the going clichés and stereotypes about maddening traffic, beautiful women and gentle landscapes, rude government clerks, fatty foods and loud partying. As a Romanian who has been living abroad for a third of her life (first in the United States and more recently in Germany), I hope I … Continue reading 3(+2!) Tips For Doing Business With Romanians

3 Tips For Doing Business With Germans

I have thought long and hard about how to summarize all that I've learned in my years of living, working and doing business with Germans. If somebody stopped my on the street, outside of a workshop setting, and just asked for some quick advice, what would I tell them? On the one hand, I am not a … Continue reading 3 Tips For Doing Business With Germans