Comparative analysis of intercultural competence and interdisciplinary competence in the organisational context: an exploratory study

Muhammad Zeeshan, Dane Lukic, Saud Al Taj, Rona Beattie

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Abstract

The concept of intercultural and interdisciplinary competence has been used in the literature and practice for quite some time (Chen, 2014; Singh, 2016; Wagner, 2010). This emphasis has led to significant developments in both areas. For instance, technological innovations in the fields of medicine, engineering and design have combined to produce cutting edge equipment. Similarly, large-scale global migration has led to increasingly multicultural organisations investing vast amounts of capital and time on training their staff and managers to work with each other effectively in diverse cultural contexts. Literature shows that often both interdisciplinary and intercultural competences are present at the same time in organisations (Bennet, 1998; Duus & Cooray, 2014; Nancarrow et al., 2013). Elements like communication, teamwork and leadership are important to both areas, and it is important to test them in practice. Moreover, dealing with intercultural and interdisciplinary environments might trigger similar abilities in individuals who deal with diverse settings conceptualised as ‘cultures of knowledge’ (Lukic, Yarosh & Martins, 2011). Numerous studies conducted on interdisciplinary and intercultural competence separately identify and highlight different competences that are required to be successful in each setting. However, no study has been conducted specifically on both interdisciplinary and intercultural competence in relation to each other.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • competencies
  • Interdisciplinary
  • intercultural competence

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