Connect Workshop: the impact of cultural differences Working in the Dutch environment

If you as an international student would like to stay in the Netherlands after graduating, University of Twente, in collaboration with Saxion, offers you an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for a professional career in the Netherlands. Broaden your chances on the Dutch and international job market through the Connect International Talent Programme!

The goal of this workshop is to address the role and impact that cultural differences can have on applicant and employer/employee interaction, behaviour, performance and relations within the Dutch context.


Workshop 1 (12th October 2017)

Introduction to culture

  • What is culture? How does it work and how does it affect us?
  • What perceptions/stereotypes do participants hold of the Dutch?

A Cultural survey

  • Participants define their own cultural profile and get a better understanding of their own cultural values which drive their behaviour i.e. how typically Mexican/Indian/French etc. am I and what does that mean?  

Insight into the nature and impact of national cultural differences

  • Workshop, with various exercises, on the drivers behind the behaviour and attitudes of the Dutch culture in comparison to those of the participants’ cultures
  • Practical implications of these differences for participants in the Dutch work environment
  • How to use Professor Geert Hofstede’s 4-D culture model as a tool to recognise and deal with these cultural differences

Workshop 2 (19th October 2017)

Group exercises and role plays

  • Putting the insights and understanding from the first session into practice
  • Participants analyse and discuss mini-cases based on realistic practical situations, including their own experiences.
  • What is the situation?
  • How and where does culture play a role?
  • What are the perceptions and expectations of the parties involved?
  • Practice - using strategies, tools and communication styles to deal with the situation comfortably, professionally and effectively

Please, register until 9th October!

Thursday 12 October 2017 17:00 - 19:30
Connect Workshop: the impact of cultural differences Working in the Dutch environment