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ITAP Contributes to Better Collaboration Among International Space Agencies

For more than two decades, APPEL Strategic Communications has offered a course specifically designed to help NASA practitioners develop the requisite skills to facilitate global partnerships. The International Project Management course brings together space agency professionals from around the world with experts from NASA, as well as organizational development and project management specialists, including ITAP's Managing Director, Catherine Mercer Bing. 

As APPEL reports, "The five-day course utilizes case studies, presentations from experienced practitioners, and hands-on exercises to help participants explore how cultural differences can inform decision making, negotiations, and leadership styles. Participants also review strategies for identifying and avoiding some of the common pitfalls associated with international projects. A key aspect of the course is encouraging practitioners to learn from each other to better understand the challenges and opportunities of engaging with international partners. Over the course of the five days, participants begin to comprehend the cultural challenges, ethical and legal concerns, and teaming issues they may encounter when working on international projects. The goal of the course is to ensure participants leave with a heightened ability to collaborate successfully, a skill that is integral not only to NASA’s future, but to the future of the industry overall."
To learn more about this program and see photos from the most recent course at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, click here.

ITAP Alliance conference with Geert Hofstede

Hofstede and Bing
Dr. John Bing and
Dr. Geert Hofstede
at the ITAP Alliance Conference
February 2017

TWIST Consulting/ITAP Europe hosted the ITAP Alliance conference in February 2017. The conference included Geert Hofstede, the founder of the field of quantitative intercultural research, his son Gert Jan Hofstede, a professor who has extended this research, and Michael Minkov, who has published a number of books on innovations in the field.  The researchers spoke with both the ITAP group and a gathering of faculty and students about the latest research in intercultural communications.

TWIST Consulting has focused on both research and practice for 26 years.  Both globalization and the growing number of international employees require increased practice-oriented knowledge of cultural differences and their effect on workplace communications.

On February 17, TWIST also brought together four of the most prestigious social scientists, whose research involves intercultural issues in the workplace, at a TWIST-hosted Intercultural Summit meeting at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.  Geert Hofstede, his son Gert Jan and Misho Minkov shared updates about their research with a wider audience. The summit, moderated by Felix Brodbeck, co-author of the GLOBE study, offered an interesting showcase for research in intercultural areas.

ITAP members from Europe, China, Singapore, South Korea, the US and the Philippines also spent time that week strategizing about the future of the Alliance, planning for upgrading the Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire™ to include Hofstede's 6th Dimension, Indulgence vs. Restraint (IVR), and sharing best practices, good food, laughter, musical talent, and good conversations.


ODE Consulting launches Learn1Thing Learning Portal

ITAP's Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire and personal, virtual coaching are now available through ODE's Learn1Thing portal launched in April 2016.

Learn1Thing is for people who are committed to try to learn one new thing (something quick) every day. provides real-time learning in a virtual environment. It is dedicated to giving a wholesome & engaging learning experience. The various learning tools provide an ideal opportunity for those who seek to future-proof themselves. ITAP's Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire™ and virtual coaching are available through the portal, as are many other tools and learning "bits." The application can be used by clients as an external learning portal or can be licensed for internal corporate use as a Learning Management System (LMS).

Learn1Thing was also designed to work in conjunction with ODE's Outcomes Measurement Portal™ (OMP). The Outcomes Measurement Portal (OMP)™ aims to provide an avenue to measure the outcomes of learning based on SMART Goals established upfront by the learner or coachee prior to a learning or coaching engagement.

Outcomes Measurement Portal

Benefits of the Outcomes Measurement Portal (OMP)™
  • End-to-end approach for outcome-oriented learning and development
  • Identify SMART goals before learning engagement
  • Track the progress and development of participants and skills acquisition
  • Identify training gaps and future needs
  • Verify learning has been applied
  • Do learning assessments (self, 180, 360 degree)
  • Provide qualitative and quantitative assessment reports
  • Measure how employees react
  • Measure increased knowledge and improve skills
  • Measure behavioral change after the learning engagement
  • Measure tangible and intangible results
  • Track coaching progress and outcomes
  • Provide repository of learning resource

For more information, please email ODE Consulting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them at +65 6323 8020.

New Insights on the Impact of Culture on Business Practices

View ITAP on SlideShare! Read More for more information and a partial list of topics. Visit or type ITAP into the search field at

ITAP's 7 most popular presentations include:

1. Strategies for Companies Doing Business in China - Over 10,000 views!

2. German and US Communication Differences

3. Impact of Culture on Multi-Cultural Teams

4. Building Trust on Multi-Cultural Teams

5. ITAP Client Solutions Sampler

6. Increasing the Chances of Success for USA and South Korea Partnerships

7. Culture and Consumer Differences Based on an Article by de Mooij and Hofstede

To see these and additional presentations, please visit or type ITAP into the search field at 

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