LABORATORY OF CULTURES.
TRAINING. ANALYSES. CONSULTING
Katarzyna Jarecka-Stępień, PhD
New initiatives and directions of expansion of the Polish economy on the international market are a challenge for Polish companies. They give rise to the need for new solutions in the sphere of organisation, information, advertising and promotion, and modern methods of work. The tasks are extremely difficult, considering the fact that often closely cooperating companies are divided by thousands of miles and several time zones.
At the same time, multiculturalism in international business area means diversity of its members in terms of ethnicity, race, nationality or culture with all the consequences that entail cultural differences. The constantly increasing number of companies and businesses focused on providing services for overseas customers makes it necessary to learn about other cultures, particularly in the context of improving communication and increasing collaboration.
Involvement in projects which develop cultural sensitivity brings positive results to our Clients and is highly praised by foreign partners. Hence, it is important to be aware of cultural differences and of the fact that intercultural communication competence is an important factor in the development of each company with international aspirations.
We are a training company based in Kraków. Our business focuses on cultural differences and their impact on business management and organisation. We design, develop and conduct training and individual coaching in the field of intercultural competence and effective communication for people working with foreigners. Our team consists of experts and enthusiasts of cultures of the Far East, South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Their professionalism is based not only on knowledge and education, but also on practical experience gained from professional stays in the countries of Africa and Asia and numerous contacts with representatives of business and science. Our knowledge of cultural characteristics ensures the effectiveness and success in business activities, and thus contributes to strengthening of the presence of our Clients in the international arena. Among our partners you can find: Lufthansa Global Business Service, Colgate-Palmolive Polska, and Vision Express.
We also cooperate with universities
Our employees successfully cooperate with universities around the world. We carry out joint projects combining theory with practice. We conduct research, lectures and jointly develop solutions in the field of teaching and the organisation of work, which can then be used in everyday work.
The universities we have worked with include:
⬚ Institute of Middle and Far Eastern Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
⬚ Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, India
⬚ Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China
⬚ Institute of Development Studies, Birmingham University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
…and conduct social activities
From the beginning, we actively and fruitfully cooperate with NGOs. Together we carry out educational projects, organise exhibitions, conduct meetings and workshops, promoting knowledge about other cultures and challenges of the global world, for participants of all ages. Our closest organisations include:
⬚ PROJEKT ORIENT association
⬚ Polish Humanitarian Action
⬚ Polish Medical Mission
⬚ INTERKULTURALNI PL association
⬚ Fair Trade Coalition
If you need additional information, do not hesitate to contact us