Cultural Detective England The United Kingdom is made up of the four entities of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but the English make up over 80% of the total population, and have a culture distinctly their own. The English are a complex people, shaped by a unique colonial history and not given to easy definition. They prefer understatement, ironic humour and verbal cleverness to hide as much as they reveal about themselves. To understand the ambiguities and nuances of English culture, it is not enough to be a fluent speaker of English. This Cultural Detective® is designed to help you navigate your way through the many subtleties of the culture and prepare you for rewarding and productive interactions with the English.
Cultural Detective Series More than seventy experienced interculturalists from 35 countries have collaborated to write the Cultural Detective™, a series of dynamic, situation- and values-based training tools that encourages participants to develop intercultural competence in themselves and their organisations. Robert Brown and Banu Golesorkhi of Pharos International co-authored the Cultural Detective-England, to help people understand the most numerous cultural group within the United Kingdom. You can purchase Cultural Detective tools for the countries of your choice from the Cultural Detective Website.
Remembering Uganda In this report entitled, "Remembering Uganda with Admiration, Longing and Hope," Dr. Banu Golesorkhi recounts her partnership with Send A Cow Uganda as part of Pepal's Women's International Leadership Development programme in Kampla in January 2011.
East Debates With West A review of the book, "Understanding Cross-Cultural Psychology: Eastern and Western Perspectives by Pittu D. Laungani (London: Sage, 2007), written by Robert Brown was published in the October 2007 (Vol 20, No. 10) of the Psychologist. The book contrasts dominant ideas from Eastern and Western psychology, and reviews important cross-cultural differences in various domains of life.
Chindia Robert Brown's article, "The Chindia Globalisation Shock" was published in the Autumn 2007 issue of the Expatriate Observer, a quarterly magazine for International Human Resources Professionals. This is the first of a two-part series, which focuses on the influence of globalisation on labour mobility. The Winter issue focuses on organisational changes required for meeting the challenges of emerging patterns in global labour mobility. (Read Article)
Culture Trumps Gender in Trusting Banu Golesorkhi's article, entitled, "Understanding Gender, Culture and Trust in the Workplace" was published on-line by Expatica on 29 May 2007. Expatica offers web-based specialised advice on international Human Resources and Management issues to an audience of over 575,000 people in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.
Importance of Trust People Management, a publication of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, in its 22 February 2007 issue, published an article on the work of a Business Leaders' Consortium on "Trust and Leadership." The Consortium, led by Pam Hurley and Hanneke Frese of the Tosca Consulting Group, included participants from organisations such as Manpower, Cisco Systems, British Telecom, Unilever and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The speakers who worked with the group included David Ulrich of the University of Michigan, Cathy O'Dowd, the mountaineer, and Banu Golesorkhi of Pharos International. Read Article
"All Around the World" A review by Robert Brown of the book entitled "Peer Relationships in Cultural Context" was published in February 2007 (Volume 20, No. 2, p. 98) issue of the Psychologist, the montly publication of the British Psychological Society. This book was edited by Xinyin Chen, Doran French and Barry Schneider, and published by the Cambridge University Press in 2006.
Expatriates and Stress An article written by Robert Brown entitled " Dominant Stressors on Expatriate Couples During International Assignments" was published in the International Journal of Human Resources Management (Volume 19, Number 6, page 1018-1034).
Other Pharos Articles & Published Materials
Brown, R. (2006), Review of the book Creating Images and the Psychology of Marketing Communication, PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books (June).
Golesorkhi, B. (2006), "Gender Differences and Similarities in Judgments of Trustworthiness." Women in Management Review, Vol. 21 (3).
Golesorkhi, B. (2006). "Cultural Differences in Judging Trustworthiness." Mobility, February.
Golesorkhi, B. (2005). "Norwegians' Perceptions of Trustworthiness at Work." AFF - Executive Education Institute of the Norwegian School of Economics, AFF Lederbulletin, No. 04.
Golesorkhi, B.(2005). "Cultural Differences in Trustworthiness: Focus on Danish Managers." The Danish Leadership Institute: DIEU Nyhedsmail, March.
Golesorkhi, B (2004). "The Importance of Trust on International Assignment." Expatica, November.