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Managing in Kazakhstan
Working Effectively in a Multi-Ethnic Hierarchical Culture
Kazakhstan can lay claim to being the world's secret giant! It's the ninth largest country in the world – about the same size as Western Europe – and is the world's largest landlocked country.
This vast but sparsely populated country dominates central Asia from the Caspian Sea on its western coast to its easternmost tip, which almost touches Mongolia. (Kazakhstan is considered landlocked because the Caspian Sea is itself a "closed sea.")
Kazakhstan was the last of the former Soviet republics to declare independence from the U.S.S.R. It is bordered by its giant neighbors Russia and China to the north and east, and to its south lie Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan.
It's a country keen to rediscover its sense of identity, and to boost its presence among the world's major economies. And, thanks to its considerable oil and gas reserves, and tax incentives for investors, it's a country that's increasingly open for business.
In this article, we'll explore the culture and traditions of Kazakhstan, and look at what you need to know to work with, and to manage, a Kazakh team successfully.