Saturday 14 February 2015 from 09.00 to 11.00 @



From Intercultural to Systemic – a Time to Abandon an Irrelevant Discourse?

Speaker: Bob Dignen – York Associates

Interculturalists aim to provide essential support to leaders working internationally, developing competencies relevantto working across cultures. However, it is timely to reflect on the purpose, process and relevance of intercultural discourse, and how far it may have become disconnected from the actual realities and needs of those leading within today’s multinational. Could it be time to shift away from classical intercultural perspectives to a more systemic approach – intra-organisational and inter-organisational – to more effectively understand the challenges facing our clients and support them to develop insights which can help them to drive sustainable results?


Bob Dignen

Bob Dignen is a director of York Associates. He specialises in intercultural skills and international team seminars. He is an accredited facilitator of Fierce Conversations™, a licensed coach for The International Profiler (an intercultural profiling tool), and an advanced practitioner of TMP (Team Management Profile), an international team development tool. As an author, his titles include Working in Project Teams (DELTA / York Associates), Communicating Across Cultures (Cambridge University Press), Effective International Business Communication (Harper Collins), 50 Ways to improve your international presentation skills and 50 Ways to improve your intercultural skills (Summertown).