Intercultural Communication Essay

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MGMT 329 TEST #1 REVIEW QUESTIONS CHAPTER 1 1. From an economic imperative perspective, why is it important to be able to communicate interculturally? • Economic growth and stability of the U.S. are inextricably linked to world business partners • The workplace in the U.S. reflects an increasing cultural diversity • Economic imperative for intercultural competence is powerful, pervasive, and likely will increase • U.S. workplace reflects the increasing cultural diversity that comprises the U.S. 2. From a technological imperative perspective, why is it Important to be able to communicate interculturally? • Communication media and modern transportation systems contribute to the “global village” we live in • Virtually instantaneous information technologies allow us to experience “on-line” what is happening around the world • Technology allows and facilitates human interactions across the globe that creates significant interdependencies 3. From a peace imperative perspective, why is it important to be able to communicate interculturally? • “Culture is the single most important global communication issue” that humans face (Robert Shuter) • Need to understand and appreciate those who are different from ourselves has never been more important • Peace Imperative is a world-wide issue—not just a U.S. issue 4. What is “culture”? • Culture is a learned set of shared perceptions about values, beliefs, and norms that affects the behaviors of a relatively large group of people – Culture is LEARNED (consciously and unconsciously) – Culture is a SET OF SHARED PERCEPTIONS – Culture involves VALUES, BELIEFS, and NORMS – Culture affects BEHAVIORS (implicit patterns) – Culture involves LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE 4. What is

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