1. View the following short video: Global Schools, Global Business - A Day in Wisconsin.
· Tim Sullivan, Caterpillar/Bucyrus: “We are a very domestic-centric country. That model has to change for us to compete on the international stage… In our grade schools, in our junior high schools, we have to start exposing our kids to international languages, which is a hook that gets them interested in the culture, and teaching them about other cultures beside our own… If we are the types of companies that are saying ‘we need your help’ from an education standpoint, then we have to walk the walk and show them there’s a door at the end of the academic corridor that gets them a good paying job in a pretty exciting international landscape.”
· Kimberly Bors, Johnson Controls: “Johnson Controls currently has about 137,000 people who are operating in 150 countries. What we look for specifically is the [ability to deal with] cultural diversity, not just language skills.”
2. Read this blog contribution: "And I thought it was all about the science..."
· Tom Guerin, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours: “When I interview candidates for positions as scientists at Kerry,” Guerin says, “I
look for the ability to see different sides of a problem, and I look for people who are still grounded in their culture of origin. I am not that interested
in assimilation to an Anglo-Saxon lifestyle or point of view.” He feels strongly that diversity of viewpoints strengthens the work in R&D, especially
when a global corporation like Kerry places products in markets worldwide. “If you insist on assimilation among your employees, you are bound for
failure. If, on the other hand, you encourage diversity of opinion and approaches to solutions, you will succeed,” Guerin says. “When I started out
in this line of work 13 years ago, I thought it was all about the science. I found out that it’s not. Much of my work has to do with being able to
communicate effectively with people from very diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.”