Increasing Cultural Intelligence in Organisations

June 9th, 2010 by Amanda Potter Leave a reply »

After a very late night at the ABP Conference this year, Dr Nic Sale had a big task of engaging a very tired audience. Her interactive presentation brought listeners alive when discussing the importance of cultural fit in predicting cultural intelligence at work and various methods of assessing it.

She referred to an interesting values studyby Schwartz, who identified ten ‘value types’ that can be combined. These multiple values then create a new single values category for that organisation. The 10 values included:

Power, Achievement, Hedonism, Stimulation, Self-direction, Universalism, Benevolence, Tradition, Conformity and Security.

Nic also presented an alternative model by Hofstede which looked at Scales of Difference to assess cultural differences and values.
These scales included:
Low power distance versus High power distance
Collectivism versus Individualism
Masculinity versus Femininity
Low uncertainty avoidance versus High uncertainty avoidance
Short-term orientation versus Long-term orientation

For further information on how you can ensure employee and organisational fit please contact Amanda Potter at Zircon,

Taken from: ABP Conference 2010 Increasing cultural intelligence in organisations – effective management of teams across borders and cultures
Dr Nic Sale (Pearn Kandola)
Written by Nicola Cairns, Psychologist, Zircon

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