Intercultural communication is international communication across national boundaries involving many different cultures. There is a wide range of communication problems that naturally appear when one moves across national boundaries, and within organizations which are made up of individuals from different countries representing different religious, social, ethnic, and educational backgrounds. Intercultural communication seeks to understand how people from different countries and cultures behave, communicate and perceive the world around them quite differently. From a management perspective, it studies situations where people from different cultures interact in a business environment. The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of the variations in language, customs, social attributes, thought patterns, and other aspects of cultures of different groups of people. An understanding of intercultural communication is essential for the conduct of international businesses. It is the purpose of this course to provide this understanding.
- Professor: Robert Robertson