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Riku Laanti

Helsinki, Finland

  • Specialist countries
    • Finland
    • Nordic countries
    • Australia
    • New Zealand
    • More…
  • Areas of expertise
    • Negotiation
    • Presentation
    • Leadership
    • Team-building

Riku brings to his clients over 20 years’ experience as a senior business manager/director, including more than 15 years of international experience. He currently provides training, consulting and research services in Cross-cultural Management and Communications and has facilitated both governmental organisations and multinational companies across the gamut of industries: from chemicals, to education and research, energy and environment, entertainment and media, food, ICT, life sciences, machinery/manufacturing, mining, retail, services and sports. He has now worked with people from more than 50 countries, on all continents. He has a PhD degree (International Business & Strategy) from the University of Adelaide and has published both academic articles and research volumes about these topics.

Cultural background and experience

The romance of overseas adventure was very much a part of Riku'’s growing up. His grandfather had been master mariner who had brought home and left behind a legacy of exotic mementos to spark the child’s imagination.

The tradition when his father journeyed to Japan as a member of the Finnish Olympic basketball team. Riku's first professional experience with cross-cultural tensions arose when he was a director at Telia, the largest Northern European telecom. It wasn't necessary to go as far afield as operations in Asia or Africa to experience cultural issues. Even when dealing with Finland's close neighbours, the Swedes, relevant differences in management practices had to be dealt with. What Riku has taken away from these experiences has been that, although each person needs to be approached as an individual with their own personal characteristics, cultural differences also play a vital role in human behavior. Many of the things we do and how we communicate are based in part on our cultural values. Becoming aware of these issues is essential for anyone working in an international environment.

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