In today’s global economy, what are common issues and challenges that occur in intercultural work environments? Why do intercultural communication misunderstandings and conflicts occur, and what strategies help to avoid and resolve them? This talk will explore the impact of intercultural communication issues on business situations, the roots of intercultural miscommunication, and some strategies for overcoming issues that can arise in international work environments. Topics will include practical cultural analysis, adapting communication and business strategies for success, and building cohesive international teams.
Madeleine Adkins has worked in a number of fields, including technical communication, instructional design, teaching, linguistics, leadership planning, and intercultural communication. Over the course of her career, she has worked both in and with traditional corporations, high tech firms, NPOs, universities, and small businesses in the US and Japan. A speaker of multiple languages, Madeleine has undergraduate and graduate degrees in linguistics. Her academic studies, as well as much of her work, have focused on the interplay of language and culture.
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