Scenario 1: A colleague from another country has limited English skills and cannot understand the group task. Furthermore, this colleague has a habit of gifting business associates at the end of projects. In her culture, gift-giving is an expected part of business etiquette.
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To ensure the group’s success in this scenario, it is critical to consider the cultural differences between the colleague’s home culture and the dominant culture in the workplace. One possible solution to the language barrier would be to provide a translator or language support to the colleague to help them understand the group task. Furthermore, it is critical to establish open communication lines with colleagues so they can express any concerns or misunderstandings they may have.
Concerning the habit of gift-giving, it may be beneficial to educate the rest of the group on the cultural significance of gift-giving in the colleague’s culture. They will be able to understand why their colleague is giving gifts and avoid any misunderstandings resulting from this behavior.
One of the criteria that could be established early in the process is to develop clear guidelines for group members’ communication and collaboration. Setting clear expectations for how group members should communicate with one another and how they should share information and collaborate to complete the project could be part of this.
S. McLean (2018). Flat World Knowledge. Exploring Interpersonal Communication v2.0. https://ambassadored.vitalsource.com/books/9781453390429
W. B. Gudykunst (2005). Effective intergroup communication involves bridging differences—publications from Sage.
Week 4 Discussion: Culture & Groups
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Read/review the following resources for this activity:
Textbook: Chapter 8, 11
Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson)
Initial Post Instructions
For the initial post, address one (1) of the following:
Scenario 1: A colleague from another country has limited English-speaking skills and does not comprehend the group task. Additionally, this colleague has the habit of giving gifts to business associates at the end of projects. Gift-giving is an expected part of business etiquette in her culture. How do you deal with these issues to ensure the success of the group? What criteria would you set early on in the process? Please reference the textbook and an outside source as you attend to the questions for this scenario.
Scenario 2: Your manager asks you to take on a new project that you think you could take on by yourself. He suggests that you form a task group with 15-20 members, which you think is too much. One of the members he recommends adding to the team is John. This gives you additional concern because you think John has had hidden agendas in the past. Even though you think you can do this on your own, how is a group decision different from an individual decision? How can you convince your manager that a smaller group would be better? How do you deal with John if your manager insists on him being in the group? Please reference the textbook and an outside source as you attend to the questions for this scenario.
Click on the following link for the format you should use for the initial post:
Link: Discussion Template
Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. Respond to one peer who chose a scenario different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification.
Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and an outside scholarly source)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references
This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:
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Course Outcomes (CO): 5, 6, 8
McLean, S. (2018). Exploring Interpersonal Communication v2.0. Flat World Knowledge. https://ambassadored.vitalsource.com/books/9781453390429