Organizations must manage differences effectively in order to survive and thrive in current interconnected and diverse global environments. Yet strategic management of the cross-cultural dynamic is a competence that very few organizations or professionals have had the opportunity to develop. Increasingly, human resource and organization development practitioners are asked to lead such development, often getting pushed into an “expert,” positivist paradigm. Deriving value from cultural difference, however, requires a coherently applied, constructivist, developmental approach.
This 2-day course will focus concepts from the core Constructivist Foundations and Sustainable Development courses onto the particular challenges of leading a coherent intercultural development effort as an internal consultant.
Human resource and organizational development professionals in the arenas of education, social service, and private enterprise, and organizational leaders who are committed to making the most of all types of diversity within their organizations.
- Understand the intercultural communication competence requirements of today’s successful organizations, be they local, domestic, international or global.
- Discern organizational approaches to the management of cultural differences that are grounded in positivist, relativist and constructivist paradigms.
- Learn to conduct needs assessments and reference benchmark research that provide strategic routes to the management of cultural differences in the organization.
- Gain knowledge of key strategies and design concepts to ensure that your organization’s intercultural learning and innovation efforts are sustainable, and that they enable self-perpetuating multicultural organizational effectiveness.