We help clients who work in international cultural relations with:
Strategic transformation design and delivery
Stakeholder mapping, engagement and partnerships
Advice on operating models and organisation design
Incorporating the Ten Principles of the UN Global
Compact into strategies, policies and procedures
We develop powerful narratives that respond to market developments and set a compelling direction for organisations. We establish a clear set of priorities that are customer-centric; incorporate technology, data, and priority markets; and generate proﬁts and value. We deﬁne a realistic roadmap to help our clients.
We help clients think about the future of their business in the international context, about how they can deliver well-deﬁned strategic objectives.
We help clients build better aligned and more effective organisations able to operate conﬁdently in a range of global and speciﬁc international contexts.
Stakeholder mapping, engagement and partnerships
We identify who clients need to work and engage with, and design practical approaches and plans for engagement. We help implement these plans in innovative ways.
We build the capabilities that the organisation needs to achieve its strategy.
We align structure, roles and accountabilities to other, interconnected elements of organisations’ operating models, including processes, data, IT, governance, performance measures, and culture.
We help prepare organisations to transition to a desired future state. We work within the cultural context and values framework of the organisation to ensure benefits are realised and time and cost impacts are minimised, whilst developing self-sustaining mechanisms for long term success.
We incorporate the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact into strategies, policies and procedures.
ICR provides high quality practical research in the areas of education, culture, global governance, and international relations. We specialise in using digital methods to understand better what is happening in the global digital conversation. We carry out original research using the full range of research techniques including literature reviews (of academic research), original research through surveys, interviews, focus groups, social media analysis etc, including both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
We help clients understand ‘what works’ in international cultural relations through monitoring and evaluation of policy and academic research; data analytics and interpretation and sharing research with policymakers and businesses. We specialise in the analysis and interpretation of inﬂuence in the digital world. We bring our research ﬁndings to target audiences in policy, business and other organisations involved in international engagement. Through this process we aim to inﬂuence future policy, inform debate on issues and help businesses with decision-making.
We specialise in the role of education and skills development in addressing global challenges, and Continuing Professional Development with an emphasis on strategy, planning, evaluation, data and intercultural understanding. Speciﬁcally, we oﬀer executive education for global leaders, course modules, courses, bespoke brieﬁngs, workshops, and seminars.
Research publications by ICR:
MacDonald S., Vlaeminck E. (2020) A Vision of Europe Through Culture: A Critical Assessment of Cultural Policy in the EU’s External Relations. In: Carta C., Higgott R. (eds) Cultural Diplomacy in Europe. The European Union in International Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
Digital Globalisation of Knowledge and the Impact on Higher Education in South Asia and Europe, MacDonald, S, Kizlari, D & Vlaeminck, E, British Council, 2019
Brexit, Populism, Nationalism: Challenge of the Future, MacDonald, S, ifa, 2019
Brexit, Kunst und Kultur, Kulturpolitische Mitteilungen, Nr. 163, IV/2018, hrsg. Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft,https://www.kupoge.de/kumi/kumi163.html
Soft Power Today, Measuring the Inﬂuences and Eﬀects Singh, J.P, MacDonald, S, & Son, Byungwhan, British Council, 2017.
The Impact of Brexit on International Cultural Relations in the European Union, MacDonald, S, ifa, 2017.
Promoting Scotland, diplomacy and inﬂuence through sport, Jarvie, G, Murray, S & MacDonald, S 2017.
Preparatory action. Culture in EU external relations MacDonald, S, Cultural Trends, 2015
G. Simons, M. Kapitonenko, V. Lavrenyuk and E. Vlaeminck (eds.) The Politics and Complexities of Crisis Management in Ukraine: A historical perspective, 2017
Vlaeminck, E, Reconceptualizing Culture in Time of Trouble: Russia-EU cultural relations beyond Maidan, 2017.
Vlaeminck, E, A Call to Reconceptualise International Cultural Relations. Arts Cabinet Research, 2017.
Kizlari D., Fouseki, K., The Mechanics of Cultural Diplomacy: A Comparative Case Study Analysis from the European Context, 2018.
Kizlari, D., Fouseki, K., (Treating resistance as data in qualitative interviews, The Qualitative Report, 2018.
Our projects consist of:
Practical ideas we develop for products or services that promote international collaboration, build understanding, and contribute to SDGs, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between traditional and digital methods.
Publication of reports, articles, policy and business briefings.