Cross-Cultural Competence by Slawomir Magala

By Slawomir Magala

Cross-cultural administration is an important problem for the profitable improvement of overseas company, but it's always badly understood and poorly applied. Misunderstandings come up as tradition impacts either contributors and organisations, but makes an attempt to appreciate, clarify and interpret those alterations have frequently been hidden among a welter of conflicting theories and paradigms. This publication is a much-needed consultant to the idea and perform of cross-cultural administration. It specializes in 4 key components: the language connection the worldwide connection  the administration connection  the multimedia connection. utilizing an cutting edge method combining concept, tool-kits and functions, it takes a clean examine this advanced subject, investigating the popularity of cross-cultural transformations, accounting for them in managerial communications, and bridging them in a number of negotiations, interactions and collaborative initiatives.

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Cross-Cultural Competence

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These codes, often conceptualized as symbolic structures, are, in turn, related to social structures, and change along with them. One does not break any code once and for all: breaking it means opening a long series of interpretations and re-interpretations. In fact, in view of the formidable complexity of cultural competence, learning is more often than not a joint venture with many local partners, and an exercise in patience, humility and negotiated interpretation of meaning. Sharing mental models does not stop at a single agreement; learning (including learning to learn) is, indeed, a permanent, lifelong activity.

Expatriates’ children develop a dual cultural identity: they become fluent in the culture of their school peers and the language of a host country. They are also fluent in the culture of their parents and speak their mother tongue. In both cultures they can expertly use non-verbal communication forms: kinesics (gestures, touch, facial expressions), chronemics (time), proxemics (personal and social space), etc. What has happened? How did they arrive at a competence that allows them to move freely in a foreign culture, interact with others, take hints at all levels, express themselves?

Sometimes internal processes trigger reactions and social groupings bringing forward a particular cultural configuration, not earlier salient. (Alvesson, 2002, 190–1) Nothing illustrates cross-cultural competence of professional bureaucracy better than an action undertaken in the face of organizational change imposed from the outside and sabotaged from the inside by competent professionals. Let us turn to a case of such an action. Incidentally, the concerted action of this professional bureaucracy as a whole clearly indicates that reducing cross-cultural competence to individualist concepts, for instance cultural intelligence, leaves us at a loss as far as explanation of concerted, collective action based on shared values goes.

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