Beyond cultural competence: working across cultures in a globalized world

Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, and Pulla, Venkat (2016) Beyond cultural competence: working across cultures in a globalized world. In: Pulla, Venkat, (ed.) The Lhotsampa People of Bhutan: resilience and survival. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, NY, USA, pp. 121-143.

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[Extract] Cultures increasingly interact with each other through the process of globalization, and organizations and individuals resort to different models of cross-cultural practice to manage their interactions constructively. Of these models, cultural competence is arguably the most widely used model in countries of the "Western" world. It is undoubtedly a very attractive model from an organizational perspective, in that it premises competence as something that can be achieved and measured objectively. However, the conceptual base of the model raises some very critical questions concerning the achievability and desirability of competence, and whether it reflects a colonial approach (with the inherent power relationships), and assumes that cultures are static rather than constantly evolving and modified through interaction.

Item ID: 43361
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-137-55142-9
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2016 05:47
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441013 Sociology of migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism @ 50%
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