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Cultural Competence Is a Key Enabler of Organizational Growth

When working in international settings, developing a corporate culture that includes team members from various cultural backgrounds can be fascinating and very productive but it also requires cultural competence. Each country is unique, and its culture has developed over hundreds or even thousands of years. This means that values, cultural norms, and belief systems are deeply ingrained in the people. Culturally sensitive translation is not simply a question of exchanging a word for the same one in another language. It is an art that requires sensitivity to many aspects. Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. With regard to the translation of your documents, it means knowing the appropriate words for the occasion, topic, or target group in a given culture under a given set of circumstances.

Success in Business Is Propelled by a Culture of Transformation and Sustained by Fidelity to Your Values

Understanding Cross-Cultural Business Attitudes

Whether you are preparing training material for your international teams or creating a new advertising campaign, contrasting approaches to business must be kept in mind, for example:

► In India, hierarchy within a company hierarchy within a company, social status, and exclusivity are very important.
► In China, the acts of saving, giving, or losing face define a culture of humility, respect, and sincerity.
► In Europe, the rise of digital startups in recent years has resulted in greater emphasis on a relaxed, less-formal work environment.

Consideration of Cultural Values

► Saving face
► The role of women
► The concept of family
► Gender-specific/neutral language
► Formal and informal language
Mistranslations due to insensitivity to the significance of cultural intricacies can doom a company’s chance of success in some countries. What is understood as humor in one country can be considered embarrassing or offensive in another.

Cultural Competence

“Competence” means to adeptly function as an individual or an organization within the specified context. Thus “cultural competence” means taking into account the cultural beliefs, behaviors and needs of team members, customers, and the community. This knowledge about the parties involved is then integrated into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes to increase the quality of services. The end result is better outcomes for your organization.

Linguistic Competence

Cultural competence cannot be replaced by machine translation.
Whether you need to prepare materials for international teams or a foreign market, our linguists are here to help you always use the right words.

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