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Cross-cultural communication

Cross-cultural communication looks at how people, from differing cultural backgrounds, endeavor to communicate.'Cross-cultural communication tries to bring together such relatively unrelated areas as cultural anthropology and established areas of communication. Its core is to establish and understand how people from different cultures communicate with each other. Its charge is to also produce some guidelines with which people from different cultures can better communicate with each other.

For example, how does a person from China communicate with a person from Turkey? Furthermore, what underlying mental constructs appear from both parties that allows for constructive communication?

Cross-cultural communication, as many scholarly fields, is a combination of many other fields. These fields include anthropology, cultural studies, psychology and communication. It is also frequently referred to as "Intercultural communication".

The main theories for cross-cultural communication are based on the work done looking at value differences (or Cultural dimensions) among cultures, especially the works of Geert Hofstede, Harry C. Triandis , Fons Trompenaars and more recently Shalom Schwartz .

These theories have been applied to a variety of different communication theories and settings, most notably general business and management (Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner ) and marketing (Marieke de Mooij, Stephan Dahl)


  • Intercultural Communication Institute,
  • Centre for Intercultural Training and Research,
  • Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research,
  • Intermundo Network,
  • Dialogin,


Online Papers

  • Overview of Intercultural Research -
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