“CULTURE” – The imperceptible influence shaping conflict management and dispute resolution strategies in transnational business relationships

a conceptual framework to improve communication skills with international counterparts

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to examine the impact of “Culture” on conflict management and dispute resolution strategies in transnational business relationships. It synthesizes two fields of study: conflict resolution and cross-cultural communication, which has not been mutually explored in academic research in this context. A conceptual framework is proposed that draws upon seminal work on cross-cultural communication models. The uniqueness of this proposed framework is that the independent variable is analysed on an individual basis and does not focus on the nationality of origin but encompasses a construct of each individual’s cultural values defined by personality, culture intelligence, life spaces, experience abroad, and the organizational culture of a person’s workplace. Transnational corporations from economically strong countries will take advantage of increasing opportunities by engaging in business ventures overseas which transpires the need for building intercultural dispute resolution strategies. By developing a conceptual framework this paper will contribute to interdisciplinary research, policy/program development, historical critique, cultural analysis, and influence numerous cross-cultural business relationships worldwide. This framework will assist transnational corporations in understanding that conflict can be found in cultural differences, between parties - in their expectations, behaviour and particularly in their communication styles. Culture and communication are synonyms and negotiation differences and conflict arise from culture based communication breakdowns. The solution lies in individuals’ ability to know and understand the people and their culture and the situation. Managers must be prepared by developing an understanding of the cultural contexts in which they will be operating to reach a win-win solution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYearbook of market entry advisory 2016
Subtitle of host publicationcommunication in international business
EditorsAlexander Tirpitz, René R Schleus
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherepubli
Pages257-288
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9783737593151
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Cross cultural communication
  • conflict management
  • dispute resolution
  • mediation
  • culture
  • transnational organisations
  • cultural intelligence
  • cross cultural management
  • bicultural & multicultural identity
  • intercultural work relationships

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