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Culturally diverse collaborations: a focus on communication and shared understanding

Vangen, Siv (2016). Culturally diverse collaborations: a focus on communication and shared understanding. Public Management Review pp. 1–21.

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Abstract

This paper explores communication and shared understanding in culturally diverse collaborations. It draws on empirical research involving a large UK organization that collaborates with many public, private and not-for-profit organizations located in many different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. Through analysis located in a ‘culture paradox’, it proposes a multifaceted account of cultural diversity which has implications for how communication and shared understanding in culturally diverse collaborations may be understood and managed. It develops two specific management tensions pertaining to ‘developing cultural sensitivity’ and ‘designing communication processes’. These tensions explicate the complexity of culturally diverse contexts and highlight pertinent trade-offs and compromises that may enhance a collaboration’s ability to yield advantage rather than inertia.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 Informa UK Limited
ISSN: 1471-9045
Keywords: Collaboration; cultural diversity; culture paradox; communication; shared understanding
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Item ID: 46868
Depositing User: Tracey Moore
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2016 15:03
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 14:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/46868
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