International Communication and the Marketplace
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This course will provide you with a thorough analysis of intercultural and international relations, as well as their inherent systems. The course begins with an overview of intercultural communications where you will learn about culture, its many defining perspectives and how these perspectives affect our ability to communicate effectively. You will then learn how to engage effectively in intercultural communications, considering contexts and utilizing recommended approaches. Different cultures are known for having common definitive characteristics. You will learn about these common cultural characteristics and how they reflect on the community. You will learn about common characteristics such as the rite of initiation and its forms, sense of purpose, boundaries, symbols, traditions and history. You will also be introduced to the idea of divergent cultural characteristics. You will learn about explicit-rule and implicit-rule cultures and their individual peculiarities. You will then learn the seven axioms of uncertainty as highlighted by Berger and Calabrese. The course explores other cultural elements like time orientation and masculine versus feminine orientation.
While delving into the world of international cultures and relations, you will learn about the types of political, legal, economical and ethical systems practiced globally and their influence on the cultural formations of the community. You will understand why countries have certain political systems, and the effect on international trade. You will discover the different styles of management, where you will study the different management theories (Theory X, Theory Y and Theory Z) and identify the ideals inherent in each. International assignments, either for business or studies, have become a more regular occurrence over time. Advancements in technology have facilitated international communications both physically and via technological mediums which facilitates cultural exchange. Throughout this course, you will learn best practices on how to effectively interact with foreign cultures to achieve maximum results when you encounter unfamiliar cultures. You will be taught about the concept of acculturation and provided with guidelines on how to live and work abroad.
The world is now considered a “global village” only because individuals have found easier ways to exchange knowledge, ideas, cultures and so much more. This has been achieved through the physical acts of international travelling and communication via other mediums. Whatever the means of this interaction, a key component is that there is almost always an exchange of meaning, and this is made easier when there is a good level of cultural appreciation amongst those communicating. As opposed to the past when only a small group of merchants or explorers could travel across intercultural borders, businesses and organizations now send their employees or representatives to conduct transactions and undergo training in foreign countries. Because business is now truly international, you need to be prepared for when your role as a business communicator crosses cultures, languages, values, legal systems and borders. This free online course will explain the cultural characteristics that typify the business space globally, and review the effects of intercultural communication on management styles and the global marketplace. With a rich blend of resources and course practice exercises to aid learning, this course promises to deliver on the front of building your skills in international and intercultural communication.Start Course Now
Intercultural and International Communication
Intercultural and International Communication - Learning Outcomes
How to Understand Intercultural Communication
Common Cultural Characteristics
Divergent Cultural Characteristics
Intercultural and International Communication - Lesson Summary
International Communication and the Global Marketplace
International Communication and the Global Marketplace - Learning Outcomes
Political and Legal Systems
Economic and Ethical Systems
Styles of Management
The International Assignment
International Communication and the Global Marketplace - Lesson Summary
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Define and discuss how to facilitate intercultural communication
- Define and discuss the effects of ethnocentrism
- Describe strategies to understand intercultural communication, prejudice and ethnocentrism
- Understand the concept of common cultural characteristics and list several examples of such characteristics in your life
- Discuss divergent cultural characteristics and list several examples of such characteristics
- Describe international communication and the global marketplace
- Understand and discuss how various styles of management, including Theory X, Y and Z, influence workplace culture
- Describe how to prepare for an international assignment
- Discuss the acculturation process as an expatriate
- Describe effective strategies for living and working abroad
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