When the editor-in-chief, Ian McMaster, asked me if I would be interested in writing a column on intercultural communication for a new magazine to be called Business Spotlight, I thought we would soon run out of ideas. Thirteen years later, we are still going strong with a vibrant mix of culture-specific and cuture-general topics.
This has been possible because the intercultural field has developed so dramatically over the past decade. More people than ever before are interacting with individuals and teams from other cultures. Education, training and research have reflected this with university courses available on intercultural communication, via the development of professional training and through ground-breaking research being carried out on intercultural issues. Intercultural theories are continually being applied to new areas, and new media are allowing us to explore this fascinating topic in exciting new ways.
For me, writing for Business Spotlight has been a wonderful experience of working with a highly professional team who consistently convert my plain texts into beautifully polished features. It has forced me to reflect regularly on the intercultural experiences I have every day in my work as an intercultural trainer and consultant for business.
After having produced nearly 70 articles, spoken on every edition of Business Spotlight Audio, and written over 100 blogs, I have decided to step down as a regular contributor. My last article was featured in Business Spotlight 1/2014 and focused on a topic which I think is particularly important for international business people, socializing across cultures. This does not mean that my exploration of cultures will stop; it will continue in a different setting.
"Wishing you all many enriching intercultural encounters in the future."
Together with Margaret Davis, Ian McMaster recently asked me some more questions, this time on the value of culture. You can read my answers in Business Spotlight 2/2014 and listen to my responses on Business Spotlight Audio 2/2014.
It just remains for me to thank you, our readers, for your overwhelming support and encouraging feedback over the years.
Wishing you all many enriching intercultural encounters in the future in your business and personal life.
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