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September 2014

As mentioned in The Cultural Synergist May edition Cultural Synergies have been involved in many knowledge transfer projects across various industries and countries over the past few years.

In response to our experiences and as a means of sharing some of them, we have written a discussion paper titled 'Cultural Intelligence for Knowledge Transfer Teams'.  Although the industries, teams and organisations involved in knowledge transfer projects vary, we see many commonalities in terms of the cultural challenges and practices that arise from the planning phase through to completion and then continue to plague future projects. 

The discussion paper highlights some of the key challenges that Cultural Synergies has observed; and generates some thinking around what the planning stages need to consider before organisations embark on these projects, along with some practical strategies. 

It is critical to commit the necessary time and resources to establish the foundational protocols for the �people aspects� and the cultural dimensions that are enmeshed in these projects.  

If you would like to read 'Cultural Intelligence for Knowledge Transfer Teams' please click here.  We are always interested in your feedback so please let us know if you have any! 

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Tom Verghese

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