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14th IACCM Annual Conference

and 7
th CEMS/IACCM Doctoral Workshop

1-3 October 2015

Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU Wien),
Vienna, Austria

Contemporary Approaches in Training & Education for Cross-Cultural Competence –  potentials, challenges and its limits


• Theoretical foundations of Training & Education for cross-cultural competence: old constructs, new frontiers?
• Application of Cross-Cultural Theories in Teaching, Educational Context and Business Training
• Power relations and their implications
• Cultural intelligence 

As political, legal and economic barriers are disappearing, questions whether this will cause cultures to converge or harmonize or to resist and accentuate their differences are emerging. Still, business practitioners and scientists ascribe international business failures to a lack of intercultural competence. Cultural barriers are even described as the principal challenge to organizational survival and success. Research has shown that particularly prior to intercultural experiences an adequate preparation has to take place in order to stimulate intercultural competence development. Although literature shows us a rich conceptual and theoretical landscape on intercultural competence; still there is a gap between 'knowing' and 'doing'. Questions regarding the theoretical foundations of Training & Education as well as Application of those Cross-Cultural Theories in Teaching, Educational Context and Business Training remain mostly unexplored. In particular power relations and their implications seem to play a crucial role e.g. in international business ventures.

This conference brings together scientists and practitioners alike in order to foster the dialogue between practice and theory in the cross-cultural field. Call for paper.

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