Cultural awareness may be the determining factor for success in multicultural environments, as well as with global sourcing and in international business. Some cultural traits of the Norwegian culture make it more challenging for Norwegians, than other western cultures, to interact with other cultures.

Our extensive professional background makes us unique among Norwegian suppliers of intercultural communication seminars, and this enables us to better understand the needs of busy businesspeople.

We conduct courses for persons who are:

  • Cooperating with people from other cultures
  • Working, or planning to work, in Norway
  • Cooperating with Norwegians
  • Working in multicultural workplaces

Our trainings are based on the little known fact that the Norwegian business and corporate culture has important elements that are not found in workplaces in most other cultures. The Norwegian way of doing things cannot be applied uncritically to persons from other cultures. Even experienced Norwegian business people may be unaware of this issue, and it may cause confusion and frustration, both in multicultural workplaces as well as the global arena.

The trainings have practical scenarios from the workplace where cultural differences will typically occur, for discussion and reflection in the group before the attendees get specific tips on how to achieve better results. These examples show what is considered acceptable behaviour in the actual culture and the participants become more confident by understanding what to expect and how to interpret the signals they get.

We have developed and conducted courses in intercultural communication since 2008. Several thousand persons have attended our trainings. The participants give excellent feedback where they mention that this type of training should be mandatory for everybody working with persons other cultures and that problems they have encountered in the past could have been avoided if they had attended sooner. More on this page: “Feedback“.

Our courses are quality checked by people from the actual cultures. The trainings can be conducted in English or Norwegian and are tailored for each customer’s need.

The benefits of increased cultural awareness are better working environment, less frustration, improved communication and cooperation, more predictable deliveries as well as reduced risk of loss of revenues and reputation.

Part of our work is done on a voluntary basis for minority groups in Norway and development aid in Africa. Ellis Culture have done voluntary work in Tanzania where we arranged computer courses for underprivileged youths and teachers as well as construction work in a primary school. We also do voluntary work for Red Cross by conducting courses free of charge for immigrant women in Norway.

Ellis Island in the US was the immigrants first meeting with their new country and culture. Ellis Culture wants to simplify the daily life when people from different cultures meet.