Yesterday I did a lecture at Software 2012, a seminar hosted by The Norwegian Computer Society. My lecture was about why cultural competence is so important when doing off shoring. During my 1, 5 year in India I have seen so many misunderstandings and made many misunderstandings myself, which have had their root in cultural misunderstandings. That’s why I think this topic is so important and that it is something that should be discussed even more. You can find the presentation here:
After the presentation I got some quite good feedback from the audience, which was off course very nice. Quite a few of them commented that we don’t have to go all the way to India to see Norwegians making cultural misunderstandings. One of the participants mentioned a friend who had travelled to London. In Norwegian “half five” would mean 4.30, while in the English spoken in England it means half past five, or 5.30. So even a simple statement like that can be misunderstood.
My presentation would never have been as good as it got if I hadn’t got all the nice feedback from friends and colleagues both in India and in Norway. You all know who you are and what feedback you have given me, and I would like to thank you a lot for this.
Talk to you soon