Title

An Improbable Diplomacy: Training Chinese for Effective Intercultural Business

Date of Award

5-29-2012

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Organiz. & Prof. Communication

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Organiz & Prof Communication

Advisor

Donald Anderson

Keywords

Intercultural training, Chinese overseas businesses, evaluating training design

Abstract

The field of intercultural training and development has grown exponentially over the last decade and nowhere is the need greater than in China. Chinese businesses have sprung up everywhere and are making a significant impact on global markets. However, there are serious problems and underlying cultural tensions which are not being addressed by many financial analysts. The challenge of conducting intercultural training for Chinese entrepreneurs is an untapped field, yet fraught with difficulties. Employing current andragogy and instructional design methods holds much promise, but are relatively untested in the context of Chinese culture and tradition. This applied Capstone Project attempts to address the issues related to this field and suggest a set of principles and best practices for potential practitioners.

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