Most cross-border mergers either underperform or fail. The main reason is culture. National culture. Not understanding the influence of culture on collaboration.
There are differences between cultures. The differences are in foundational areas. Their influence on collaboration is immediate and constant.
I help colleagues to take three steps: Learn about cultural differences. Discuss their influence on collaboration. Apply these insights to their work.
When colleagues take these steps three things happen: They get the job done. Good for the bottom-line. They enjoy working together. Good for them as human beings. They come together as peoples. Good for the relations between their countries.