The Centre for Intercultural Learning (offered by Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada) offers resources related to developing and refining the intercultural skills vital to a successful international experience. Available resources include over 100 “Country Insights” providing a local and Canadian prospective on culture for countries all over the world, the centre's Intercultures Magazine, and freely available research and discussion papers.
The site is offered by the authors of Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands (the bestselling guide to doing business in more than sixty countries) and aims at helping people in international business, education, and travel. The blog section features the business cultures in various countries and is updated on a monthly basis. The site also features seminars and quizzes of different cultures.
Cultural Savvy is tailored to the international business professional. This site provides advice, coaching, consulting, briefings, and workshops to users so that culture will no longer be a barrier in international business. The site also offers tips on business culture for a variety of countries, as well as related articles to accompany the tips.
Culture Crossing is an evolving database of cross-cultural information about every country in the world. The country guides to culture allow people from all walks of life to share essential tips with each other about how to navigate our increasingly borderless world with savvy and sensitivity.
The Delta Intercultural Academy provides a resource for knowledge on international business culture and communication. Their website includes events and conferences, articles, and forums and community connections. The site requires registration, which is currently free.
The Culture module offers a general understanding of the following: foreign cultures, approaches to understanding foreign cultures, impacts on business, culture, and negotiations. The module also goes into more depth on topics such as the different elements and levels of culture, the importance of culture in international business, and how to be a successful manager when dealing with different cultures.
The International Negotiations module offers information on: the importance of negotiations; the basics of international negotiations; cultural influences on negotiations; culture-specific strategies and tactics used in the negotiation process; and qualities that an international negotiator must possess.
The World Religions module informs on the following religious insights: the basic history and ideas of religion; the relationship between religion and ethics; the major ideas of Christianity and the economic implications of that religion; the main tenets of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Confucianism and the economic implications of doing business in an Islamic, Buddhist, or Hindu country; and the economic implications of the Confucian way of life.
This site focuses on Geert Hofstede's research on cultural dimensions. In addition to the scores and analysis on individual countries and regions, the site also provides charts and graphs of the data, as well as a listing of related publications and information about other cultural analysis resources.
The Hofstede Cultural Dimensions Map allows users to compare two countries in terms of a variety of factors. These factors include power distance, individualism versus collectivism, competitiveness, uncertainty avoidance, and long-term versus short-term orientation.
Kwintessential includes several useful tools, including several language tools (language identifier, popular phrases, translation guides) as well as several culture related guides (doing business in guides, expat relocation guides, and business etiquette around the world) for a number of countries.
Created by the University of Texas at Austin, Cultural Interviews provides a compilation of over 200 brief cultural interviews with Latin American and Spanish executives. These Spanish-speaking executives discuss cultural issues that are of interest for businessmen dealing with Spanish and Latin American entities. The interviews are divided into the following categories: Negotiation, Language, Social Situations, Time & Schedules, and Spain Interviews.