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Embedding Cultural Knowledge in Talent Management Processes in Asia

Talent management strategies in Asia must take into consideration the unique cultural aspects of each nation. Get it right and multinationals are successful. Get it wrong and they have trouble attracting and keeping top talent.
- By Jill Motley

Recently there were headlines going around the world criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama for chewing gum during a visit to China to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. At the same meeting, Russian President Vladimir Putin placed a shawl around the shoulders of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s wife Peng Liyuan. That also caused an uproar because many Chinese felt the gesture implied President Jinping was not being attentive to his wife.

In the first case, the U.S. President was likely chewing Nicorette gum since he quit smoking and traveling can be stressful even for a head of state. In the second case, the Russian President was likely being considerate. If the heads of state, with the...

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