Contributions sought for an edited collection on cross-cultural communication This is a textbook under contract to be published by Palgrave Macmillan UK. Working title:
Different voices: Managing cross cultural communication.
Scope and content:
The book will be an edition of 13 chapters plus an introduction, the chapters to be written by expert authors from a wide range of national and social cultures, on the
general theme of communication in international management of cultural diversity (culture being defined in its widest sense of values, beliefs and customs shared by a group of people).
The purposes of the book:
It is designed to be set as required reading for a semester-long teaching unit (13 weekly 3-hour periods of lectures and tutorials) on cross cultural communication
within undergraduate and graduate university courses on international management and management training programs. Over 13 chapters the book will explore cultural dimensions of communication in international management - and by extension all international and cross-cultural interactions.
The introduction will consist of a survey of existing literature in the field. It will be effectively a review of different cultural interpretations of the roles of 'heroes',
'villains' and 'fools' in societies; of the concepts of ‘reality', 'right' and 'wrong'; of what is and is not ethical behaviour; of the meaning of life and death. It will explain how each chapter illustrates a different aspect of the overall topic of communication cross cultures and how they all fit together. The tentative chapter headings (not necessarily in this order) are:
- Cultural bases for communication styles;
- The silent languages of artefacts and non-verbal communication;
- Learning styles and teaching differences
- Culture shock;
- The internet and mass media messages;
- Workplace diversity and the rising voices of women and minorities in the management of organisations;
- Leadership, motivation and dealing with conflict;
- International alliances;
- International service relationships;
- Organisational networks;
- Control systems and international industrial relations;
- Ethical behaviour and corporate social responsibility;
- Protecting the planet.
The quality of the book's content will be the knowledge and experience of the contributors to these chapters. Contributors will create their own theoretical underpinning. To achieve overall coherence I will write an introduction to each chapter and link them all together.
A great strength of the book will be its website support. Case studies, reading and reference guides will be posted and updated at regular intervals.
I will be responsible for updating the website; contributors will send me an email from time to time with their new material.
Contributors will receive one free copy of their contribution on delivery to thepublisher of a complete final typescript and a set of forms signed by each contributor assigning the exclusive right to publish.
Professor Elizabeth Christopher
Department of Business
NSW 2109 AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 (0)417 236 531 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://http:
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