"Culture is more often a source of
conflict than of synergy. Cultural differences are a nuisance at best and often
a disaster." G. Hofstede
Intercultural communication is becoming
increasingly important due to the rise of globalization and increasingly
multicultural work environments. People in different countries learn
different social cues and have different styles of communication. The ability
to learn how different cultures communicate is an asset in the modern world.
Many modern organizations operate globally,
which means that both executives and employees must learn to communicate with
partners, colleagues and employees from other cultures. Organizations must also
learn how to communicate with partners and volunteers across cultures, as
important messages can be lost in translation, causing confusion and even
This course introduces you to the fundamental
principles and issues of intercultural communication. It proposes to develop a
perception of and appreciation for different cultural perspectives and values.
It can be also the beginning of your journey through the cultures. You are
welcome to take your friends, employees, volunteers with you.
The course consists of a number of themes
available all the time. You are required to go through the material independently,
and complete the given tasks.