My husband and I were traveling on an Asian adventure that visited four countries including: South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Singapore. We were there to complete a program requirement for the Thunderbird MBA program. The purpose of the trip was to interact with businesses in foreign countries to understand different business environments. Unfortunately, we had a scooter accident and our trip quickly turned into a lesson in cross-cultural communication.
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On October 30, 2012, Thunderbird Online hosted the annual Lunch & Learn in partnership with the Arizona Technology Council. Thunderbird Professor Karen Walch presented on Cross-Cultural Communication and Negotiation. Dr. Walch has an academic background in international negotiation, cultural competencies, and global mindset. She is a world-renowned expert in cross-cultural communication, global communication, and international political economy.
Thunderbird Online will be hosting our annual Lunch and Learn event in partnership with the Arizona Technology Council on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at The Venue in Scottsdale, Arizona.
I recently got married, and while I hadn’t thought about cross-cultural communication so much prior to meeting my husband, it now is a regular occurrence. My husband is Brazilian and has lived in the U.S. for nearly 6 years. He is well-traveled, and well-spoken in English. On a day-to-day basis we don’t have many communication mishaps. If we do, they aren’t anything major.
It has become increasingly important to understand the way different cultures interact in our global environment. Global education prepares working professionals to understand and interact within a culturally diverse and continually connected world.
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Working professionals enrolled in Thunderbird Online certificate programs might assume their instructors facilitate the distance learning courses from the school’s home base in Glendale, Arizona. The truth is I am rarely on campus. I correspond with my online classes from Asia, Africa, South America and many places in between. Course participants also are scattered around the globe, which creates ideal circumstances for discussing my specialty: Cross-cultural communication, negotiation and conflict resolution. Participants who post questions in our online forums about specific regions and customs invariably receive responses from classmates with firsthand knowledge. This is a great way to start discussions. I share real-life examples from my cross-cultural adventures and then draw upon the richness within the online community. The result is a learning experience that is never the same twice.
Dr. Eileen Borris, a licensed psychologist, is the author of “Finding Forgiveness” (McGraw-Hill). She is Director of Training for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy in Washington, D.C., and teaches cross-cultural communication and negotiation at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona.