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Russia GBI Q&A

Student insights into Russian business culture

28 September 2018

A group of ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) students returned recently from their Global Business Immersion study tour in Russia. This program is a way of exposing students to business and management practices in other cultures, and many students make use of support from New Colombo Plan funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The students spent 10 days attending presentations from Russian industry and business executives, as well as cultural and networking events. Students also went to academic lectures, which were provided by the St Petersburg State University. Felicity Moran, one of the participating students, took some time to reflect on the trip.

What did you learn about the business culture of Russia?

Before the beginning of this trip, I saw the Russian business culture as incredibly intricate, mysterious and difficult for foreign entities to navigate. It turns out I actually wasn’t far off the mark. Our incredible speakers were from a vast range of backgrounds and provided us with very interesting insights about these intricacies, explaining the best way to overcome barriers and embrace opportunities in future dealings with Russian business.

Has the trip changed your mind about anything?

This course has undoubtedly sparked an ongoing interest of mine in Russia. One can get so easily swamped in articles on issues plaguing Russia. There is an overwhelmingly large number of headlines thrown at us every day on Russia’s issues of corruption, annexation, economic decline, homophobia and authoritarianism. If I am to take one thing from this course into my future career, regardless of what that may be, is to refuse to let my views be warped by the media.

What would your advice be to future students in this program?

The Global Business Immersion is an incredibly unique opportunity, where you not only get to know a country from the inside, but you also get the chance to get to know a diverse range of incredibly interesting and knowledgeable speakers and locals. My advice would be to grab this remarkable opportunity with both hands and have a conversation with everyone you meet!

 

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