Intercultural business communication: Bridging the workplace and the classroom
- Date: 21 Jun 2013
- Location/venue: Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, Scotland
This conference will bring together academics from business, languages, linguistics and education to discuss how intercultural skills can be developed to meet the demands of a globalised workplace.
Workplace globalisation means intercultural issues are encountered anywhere and employers and employees in local businesses, in export or in multinationals need to be ‘culturally aware’. Nevertheless, while the economic demand for intercultural skills comes from business, and a developing body of business research into these skills is emerging, much expertise is located in university language, linguistic and education departments. In practice, however, business and language, and linguistic and education areas rarely intersect and valuable opportunities for sharing findings and methodologies are missed.
This conference aims to help redress this by bringing together researchers in both areas to share findings, methodologies and insights across these disciplines.
The conference is jointly sponsored by Edinburgh Napier University Business School and the Higher Education Academy.
Call for papers
We welcome papers related, but not limited to, the following themes:
- intercultural business negotiation;
- conflict resolution in intercultural work;
- cultural diversity management;
- intercultural business communication;
- researching interculturally;
- issues of ‘large’ or ‘small’ cultures in business;
- different paradigms for approaching the perception of ‘culture’;
- the role of English as a lingua franca in global business;
- language choice and its impact on intercultural communication;
- the use of IT and social media in intercultural settings;
- approaches for developing skilled intercultural business communicators;
- intercultural communication curriculum design for business students;
- defining and assessing intercultural communication.
Abstracts of no more than 150 words should be submitted with the names and affiliation of the author(s) to Kristen Marshall at ICWC@napier.ac.uk by Monday 8th April.