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China & Israel business relations: A love upgrade

China & Israel business relations: A love upgrade

Israel and China have a relationship, and just like in every love story, what excited you at first is exactly what bothers you the most further down the line.


In the beginning, the Chinese loved the Israeli entrepreneurial spirit that sprouted startups like mushrooms after a good rain. But the typical Israeli rush to immediately manufacture every idea is the polar opposite of conservative Chinese culture, which advocates precision, respect and hierarchy, and calls for forging a personal connection and trust before doing business together, which, of course, takes time. In the world of Israeli innovation there is no time to lose—nor hierarchy, nor polite distance. Attention to detail often comes through trial and error, with a lot of other risk-taking along the way.

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OLM Consulting Founder

Osnat Lautman is a well-known intercultural expert and the author of the Amazon bestselling book ‘Israeli Business Culture’. Osnat is passionate about cultures, connecting humans and breaking through culture barriers. She created the ISRAELI™ model of Israeli business characteristics (Informal, Straightforward, Risk-Taking, Ambitious, Entrepreneurial, Loud, Improvisational) to reveal the foundations of the Israeli innovative culture. Osnat supports many organizations and individuals to effectively connect and engage with Israelis, avoid misunderstanding and maximize the value of combining the innovative Israeli spirit into a multi culture environment.

Osnat is the founder of OLM Consulting and her customer include the Manufacturers’ Association of Israel, The Jewish Agency, Verint, NYU Tel Aviv, the British Embassy, the Swedish Embassy, the Belgium Embassy, FIDF, Israel Defense Ministry delegation in New York, JCC Association, National Bank of Australia, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 888 Holdings, Corning, SkyVision, ObserveIT, MX1, Israel Export Institute, StartApp, Tel Aviv Municipality, and many others.

Osnat lived in Hoboken, New Jersey, from 2009 to 2013. During this time, she started her extensive research on the differences between Israeli and non-Israeli business cultures, including video interviews with businesspeople from numerous origins. The recorded discussions are incorporated into her lectures and workshops for demonstration purposes.

Osnat holds:
M.A in Social Science and Communications, Bar Ilan University, Israel
Certificate in Organizational Development, New York University, New York
Coach License from Co-Active Training Institute, Israel

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