Book Reviews (from archive)

Dancing to a Different Tune

Essays, interviews and commentaries on the intercultural experience

In this collection of interviews, essays and critiques, Patrick L. Schmidt examines how globalization is changing the way we look at both others and ourselves. Editor-in-chief of the Sietar Europa Journal for six years, he’s spent time with the pioneers (Geert Hofstede, Nancy Adler, Milton Bennett), as well as a host of others, discussing the early life experiences that led them to the intercultural field…and the road since.
Accompanying this rhythmic sweep of minds are articles which explore everything from cross-cultural frameworks in “third-culture kids” to the ethnocentric writings of Mark Twain to the interlocking of language and thought to a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ultimate expatriate.
Insightful, witty, audacious, DANCING TO A DIFFERENT TUNE is the sparkling, often provocative story of how people are dealing with the challenges of a multicultural planet.  Order now from SIETAR Europa. Euro 19.90 (postage included).

Book Reviews

This page lists reviews by SIETAR Europa members. All reviews may be downloaded here: SEU Book Review Archive (2.5MB zip file)


Adler, Nancy J. International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Aguilar, Leslie C.Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts Reviewer: George Simons

Alromaithy, Abdulhamied How to Make them Say…You’ve Got the Job Reviewer: George Simons

Bar-Joseph, Levin The Bridge: Dialogues Across Cultures Reviewer: George Simons

Bais, Karolien, & Huijser, Mijnd The Profit of Peace Reviewer: George Simons

Blohm, Judith and Lapinsky, Terri Kids Like Me Reviewer: George Simons

Calloway-Thomas, Carolyn Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Clarke, Stephen A Year in the Merde Reviewer: George Simons

Clarke, Stephen Merde, Actually Reviewer: George Simons

Crouch, Ned Mexicans and Americans Reviewer: George Simons

Dicks, Dianne (ed.) Cupid’s Wild Arrows Reviewer: Dianne Dicks – editor’s comments

Hofstede, Geert and Hofstede, Gert J. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Huijser, Mijnd The Cultural Advantage Reviewer: George Simons

Janssen-Matthes, Mieke Unlocking the Secret of Otherland Reviewer: George Simons

Kohls, Robert and Knight, John Developing Intercultural Awareness Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Kurze, Peter Around the World in 80 Travel Tales Reviewer: George Simons

Magee, John Otto Verstehen sich Deutsche und Amerikaner? Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Malewski, Margaret GenXpat Reviewer: George Simons

Melton, William R.The New American Expat Reviewer: George Simons

Peters, Arno The 2006 Peters Map Reviewer: George Simons

Pollock, David and Van Reken, Ruth Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Rapaille, Clotaire The Culture Code Reviewer: Maria Jicheva

Savicki, Victor (ed.) Developing Intercultural Competence and Transformation Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Sedgwick, Mark Islam and Muslims Reviewer: George Simons

Shaules, Joseph Deep Culture: The Hidden Challenges of Global Living Reviewer: Katrin Volt

Somerville, Diana Inside Out / Down Under Reviewer: George Simons

Spencer-Oatey, Helen and Franklin, Peter Intercultural Interaction Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt

Suder, Gabriele Corporate Strategies under International Terrorism and Adversity Reviewer: George Simons

Wood, Denis et al Seeing through Maps Reviewer: George Simons

Links and Partners (from archive)

SIETAR Europe is part of the world SIETAR network, so our closest affiliated organisations are the regional, national, and supranational SIETAR organisations. For more information, see the SIETAR in the World page.


SIETAR Europa affiliations

  • Culturelink: A network of organisations involved in research in the field of cultural development. Established by UNESCO and the Council of Europe in 1989.
  • Online Learning Consortium: An organisation promoting high-quality online learning in educational organisations.
  • UNESCO: The culture portal of UNESCO.


Other useful links

Academic and research periodicals
SIETAR discussion group

You are cordially invited to take part in our SIETAR Europa Discussion on LinkedIn, “Competence in Intercultural Professions”. Here we explore the issues of the knowledge, skills, tools, and behaviors appropriate to doing professional intercultural work, be it in academe, public sector, NGO’s, commercial enterprises, or in the arts and media.

If you are not yet a subscriber to LinkedIn, you will be asked to subscribe first. If you would like to volunteer to manage these discussions, please contact the moderator, Dr. George Simons, at

Other discussion groups

General intercultural sites
  • Class Blog: a site that encourages educational blogging and explains the value it has for teachers and students


Free Tools and Materials (from archive)

In this section we provide diverse links for free training material. You can join us in building this resource by sending us training material and links you would like to share. Send us your suggestions here.


Teaching Diversity

Exercises and simulations, focus on course organization and classroom teaching.



Provides articles, online resources, books and guides. This site was founded by Kate Berardo, active committee member of SIETAR Europa.


Culture Matters – Trainer’s Guide


Hello in different languages:

This is a fun, warm-up, cross-cultural activity.  The group tries to come up the word(s) for “hello” in as many different languages as possible.


The story of my name

Where does your name come from? Share the story of where your name comes from and what your name means.  Helps to build intercultural respect and understanding.


Have you ever?

Active, fun group activity to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of people’s past experiences. Works well with large groups.


Cross-cultural IQ Test

This activity helps students become aware that so-called “intelligence” is culturally-bound and culturally defined. Attempt short IQ tests for mainstream US/Australian culture, Black-Rap 1960’s culture, Australian Aboriginal culture. Ideal for class-room based education about psychology and culture, suited to older adolescents and adults. The tests are written in good humor.


Diversity Activities for youth & adults

Seven (7) different activities


Country Etiquettes Guides

Various countries listed, including language, useful phrases, society, culture, business and social etiquettes



CultureDude helps people learn about cultural situations in a fun manner by using simple-to-use funny cultural games. This can be played for 120+ countries with 8000+ cultural situations presently.


Country Insights

Learn about the cultures of almost any country. Provides free information on history, culture, economy, media and links to more information.


Games & Activities for teaching ESL

100+ activities which can be used with adults and children who are learning a second language.


CultureMee app

A free app which explains culture for students, expats, refugees and business people. Available on Android and Apple.


Cultural Intelligence

Russell D. Howard, Greta Hanson, and Carly Laywell (2016). Cultural Intelligence for Special Forces Personnel. JSOU Report 16-10

In a 2009 JSOU Press monograph reflecting on the education requirements for Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel, Brigadier General Russ Howard (U.S. Army, retired) identified “cultural competency” as critical to SOF professional development. The research team asserts that cultural intelligence (CQ) makes the difference and describes a proficiency that goes beyond simply being intelligent, emotionally mature, or having good general social skills. Their message to SOF is that a person with high CQ, whether cultivated or innate, can understand and master situations, persevere, and do the right thing.