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Intercultural Competence and Insight Tools

Assessment

The ability to communicate and relate across cultures is an important ability. But a more pertinent question in the culture community is, how can we measure this ability? These are some tools that help us to understand our own culture readiness. The tools are used to generate discussion and reflection.

Global Competencies Inventory (GCI)

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The GCI assesses the individual’s capacity for intercultural adjustment in three areas

  • mental approaches cultural differences
  • developing and maintaining relationships with others
  • ability to manage thoughts, emotions, and responses to stressful situations

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) V3

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Measures intercultural sensitivity. Designed to provide information on orientation toward cultural differences and their readiness for intercultural training and development.

The Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory

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The Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory, developed by Dr Mitchell R. Hammer, is an assessment tool for identifying approaches for resolving conflict across cultural and ethnic differences. It is a self-scoring instrument that can be used for individual, group, and organisational level assessments.

Trompenaars Seven Dimensions of Culture and Corporate Culture Profiles

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Individuals receive a cultural profile on each of seven dimensions of culture that then can be compared with the cultural profile of any other group or individual in an expanding database of over 50,000 managers. It was developed by Dr. Alfons Trompenaars.

Tucker Assessment Profile (TAP)

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A self-response questionnaire that examines 13 attitudes and attributes correlated with successful cross-cultural adjustment and performance. Used together with a behavioral interview, the TAP provides essential input to the expatriate selection process and helps expatriates raise their awareness of a number of important adaptation issues.

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