Building Cross-Cultural Relationships
Presented at the Southern Collegiate Leadership Conference
Even in the face of increasing trade wars between the world's great powers, demands for keen cultural understanding in 21st century work-life are already high and only expected to grow. Language barriers, nonverbal communication differences, diverging communication styles, unpredictable behavior, and diverging values can derail the best uni-culturally laid plans. This workshop details some of the organizational, planning, and management challenges -- as well as their emotional expressions -- that occur in cross-cultural work environments. In this workshop, we will discuss contending philosophies and strategies for cross cultural management, covering the positivist, interpretivist, and critical approaches. Participants will conduct a cross-cultural project planning simulation and reflect on lessons learned from their experience.
Presentation Learning Objectives
On attending this workshop, participants should be able to:
- Outline the contending approaches to cross-cultural management
- Identify differences between the participant's and at least one other culture in a given project setting
- Share practices for working in a cross-cultural team
- Create project plans that are aligned to cross-cultural best practices
- Create lessons learned about cross-cultural practices
Southern Collegiate Leadership Conference
"Building Cross-Cultural Relationships."
Political Science and International Studies Faculty Presentations.