Many companies have a need for the different functions within their organisation to work effectively together across regions and across countries. Very often these functions need to work closely to help develop and implement common process. The development of these ‘common’, global approaches can present challenges when each region or country brings a different viewpoint to the process – very often a viewpoint which they passionately believe in.

Specific functions need to develop a greater understanding of the impact cultural differences can have on organisational efficiencies and then be able to work with those differences, rather than allowing the differences to become barriers to progress.

Typical issues covered might include:

  • Cultural difference and this function
  • Possible regional/country issues
  • Need for factoring in cultural issues at the planning stage
  • Ensuring global buy-in
  • Expectations around leadership
  • Working as a team across cultures
  • Communicating effectively within the team

Functions covered include

  • Finance
  • IT
  • HR
  • Sales
  • Purchasing
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain