September 2010 | By Ilona Helen Wallberg 

Distributed working – practical and social aspects of virtual collaboration

“We are shaping the world faster than we can change ourselves, and we are applying to the present the habits of the past.” (Winston Churchill)
In any translation project, it is quite common today for project members to be distributed over different offices, cities or even time zones. In many cases, project members don’t even know their team mates, let alone, have experience in...read more...

July 2010 | By Kirti Vashee and Michael W. Cox 

Collaboration and localization

In The World Is Flat, Thomas Friedman divides modern history into three periods. Globalization 1.0 occupied the years between Columbus’ 1492 voyage to the Americas and the 1800s. It is characterized by collaboration at a country level. That is, things were generally accomplished within a national scope, and people were concerned with how their country fit into the world.read more...

July 2009 | By Elena Groznaya 

Attrition and motivation: Retaining staff in India

Many international companies in India struggle to find and keep the right people for the job. High attrition rates cause unforeseen expenses and sometimes even crush the entire Indian business venture. Motivating workers becomes a vital part of the business. But how do you motivate the Indian employee?read more...

June 2009 | By Elena Groznaya 

Conflict of generations: Business culture of contemporary Russia

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.  ~ Adlai Stevenson

Doing business in a foreign country and encountering an unfamiliar business culture can be a complex and strenuous activity. Even more so, if the country is torn between three different business cultures and mentalities. This is the case in...read more...

April 2009 | By Joseph Shaules 

The multiculturalist – beyond one single perspective

Years before he burst onto the American political scene with a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2000, Barack Obama came to the attention of Janet Bennett, the director of the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Bennett is an expert on “integrated marginals” – people who, through their experiences living in different cultural communities, find a way...read more...

February 2009 | By Angela Starkmann 

Professional online networks - the Bridge to business and information

The world is a village – a village with nearly seven billion inhabitants, to be exact. Through modern travel and electronic means of communication, we’ve come closer to our friends and colleagues all over the globe. There’s no serious reason keeping us from working for customers in other countries, cooperating with partners on other continents, sharing information with peers from all around,...read more...

December 2008 | By José Gambín and Igor Zubicaray 

Spanish for local and global markets

In the translation and localization business we often come across the terms US Spanish and Latin American Spanish. Are there any differences between them? In what way do they differ from International Spanish and Neutral Spanish? Despite the slight variations that may occur in US Spanish, Latin American (LA) Spanish, International Spanish and Neutral Spanish, they all have one thing in common:...read more...