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COMM 3356, Week 7 Notes

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Describe characteristics of cultural intelligence, its importance for global business leaders, and approaches to developing it. Explain the major cultural dimensions and related communication prac...
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Suzanne Buck
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Date Created: 10/09/16
Chapter 4: Communicating across Cultures Developing Cultural Intelligence  Cultural intelligence (CQ) - a measure of your ability to work with and adapt to members of other cultures.  Culture - includes the shared values, norms, rules, and behaviors of an identifiable group of people who share a common history and communication system. - national, organizational, team Cultural Intelligence in the Workplace  Characteristics of High Cultural Intelligence - Respect, recognize, and appreciate cultural differences - Possess curiosity about and interest in other cultures - Avoid inappropriate stereotypes - Adjust conceptions of time and show patience - Manage language differences to achieve shared meaning - Understand cultural dimensions - Establish trust and show empathy across cultures - Approach cross-cultural work relationships with a learner mind-set - Build a co-culture of cooperation and innovation Avoid Inappropriate Stereotypes  Projected cognitive similarity - the tendency to assume others have the same norms and values as your own cultural group.  Outgroup homogeneity effect - the tendency to think members of other groups are all the same. Adjust Your Conceptions of Time  People high in CQ show patience  They understand that most tasks take longer when working across cultures because more time is needed to understand one another and cooperate effectively Understanding Cultural Dimensions  Cultural dimensions - fairly permanent and enduring sets of related norms and values Egalitarianism and Hierarchy  Egalitarian cultures - People tend to distribute and share power evenly, minimize status differences, and minimize special privileges and opportunities for people just because they have higher authority Assertiveness  Assertiveness - deals with the level of confrontation and directness that is considered appropriate and productive Humane Orientation  Humane orientation (HO) - the degree to which an organization or society encourages and rewards individuals for being fair, altruistic, friendly, generous, caring, and kind Uncertainty Avoidance  Uncertainty avoidance (UA) - refers to how cultures socialize members to feel in uncertain, novel, surprising, or extraordinary situations. Communication Styles in High and Low Uncertainty Avoidance Cultures  High Uncertainty Avoidance - Document agreements in legal contracts - Expect orderly communication: keep meticulous records, document conclusions drawn in meetings - Refer to formalized policies, procedures, and rules as basis for decision making - Verify with written communication - Prefer formality in the majority of interpersonal business interactions  Low Uncertainty Avoidance - Rely on the word of others they trust rather than contractual arrangements - Expect casual communication: less concerned with documentation and maintenance of meeting records - Feel unbound by formalized policies, procedures, and rules when discussing work decisions with others - Verify with oral communication - Expect informality in most interpersonal business interactions Gender Egalitarianism  Gender egalitarianism - deals with the division of roles between men and women in society


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