4S1F60 Finding Cultural Bridges

James sits down for a chat with his old friend and Cortland State University alumni, Mr. Todd Friends, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Todd is currently an assistant professor at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.

Listen to how Todd is using his expat experience, along with his extensive business and management background, to impress on his students the importance of developing cross cultural exchanges and understandings at a local level. Also, Todd explains why in some places cultural understandings can turn out to be more valuable and flexible in the long term than contractual agreements, which in the end, builds lasting trust and opens the door for yet seen opportunities.

Todd happened to be coming through Taipei to set up the groundwork for a study abroad course he has developed for his students called “The Three Chinas”. This course isn’t educational tourism. This 2018 course is a live comparative business trip between Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai. This is when Todd’s students can get an early taste of an overseas business environment.

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