The Luna Dinner

An exclusive dinner discussion for leaders of multinationals in the Philippines

A discussion on “The challenges brought by cultural differences”

 

Hosted by KMC Mag Group, The Luna Dinner was an exclusive dinner for leaders of international firms based in the Philippines. The evening offered a relaxed and intimate environment where our guests were able to meet and network with other senior peers as well as partake in a topical discussion.

This year alone, 43 different multinational will be setting up their regional head quarters in the Philippines. Studies have found that up to 40% of all expatriate managers end their assignments early due to their inability to adjust to the foreign environment. Differences in expectations, language, and even the concept of personal space can be stress factors because they may seem neither understandable nor ethically “correct”.

Corporate culture is not just a set of beliefs; it is comprised of a set of values, patterns of behavior, artifacts like the physical layout of an organization, and accounts and narratives that reinforce those values. As companies have expanded across the globe, the idea of culture has become more complex as core competence is at the crux of today’s sustainable competitive advantage.

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How do international companies ensure that their cultures remain intact while being flexible enough to cater local talent?

  • What concrete actions can expat leaders take to cultivate the organizational culture abroad?

 

  • How to successfully promote and develop leadership within local teams

 

Wider issues on the changing landscape of the Philippines and Southeast Asia

  • How excited should multinationals really be about the Philippines?

 

The topic was introduced by Aliza Racelis, Associate Professor of Business Administration at University of the Philippines, who kicked things off by introducing the topic of discussion before opening it out to the table.

 

Shangri La at the Fort, Taguig City

30th Street, corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines, 30th St, Taguig, 1634 Metro Manila

6:30 pm: Arrival and drinks reception
7:00 pm: Welcoming and opening address
7:10 pm: Dinner discussion on “The challenges brought by cultural differences” initiated by the moderator and continued by the group
8:00 pm: Dinner is served as the discussion is brought to a close
9:00 pm: Change of seats before dessert

Wednesday, 20th April 2016

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Attended by:

CEO at AXA Philippines

Executive Director at Bank of Singapore

Country Head at Google Philippines

Managing Director at Coca-Cola

VP Marketing at Coca-Cola

Country Manager at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

VP of Head of Client & Broker Engagement at AIG

President at Blue Scope Steel

Director, Business Process Solutions at Deloitte

General Manager at Henkel Asia Pacific Service Centre

President & CEO at Howden Insurance

Corporate Communications Manager at L’Oreal Paris

Managing Director at Macquarie

COO at Odfjell Drilling

Director of Business Strategy at Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco

Partner at PWC

Director, Global Operations at QBE Insurance

Country Manager at Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Director at Accenture

Country Manager at TaskUs

VP & Head of Manila Office at MSCI Hong Kong

Country Director at ET Solar

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