Crossing Cultures: Insights from Master Teachers

Crossing Cultures: Insights from Master Teachers

Crossing Cultures: Insights from Master Teachers

Crossing Cultures: Insights from Master Teachers

Excerpt

We always have loved travelers' tales. There is something about the ways foreigners are different from us while also being recognizably like us that beguiles. Yet, as we have learned, such tales tell us much more about the teller than the exotic others. This makes it difficult for teachers of international management. Students arrive expecting delightful tales of foreigners. They might expect to just get by in accounting or statistics courses, but they do expect to be entertained in an international management class. How to do so without perpetuating a superfcial exoticism? This book adopts a philosophy, backed up with useful tools, that enables teachers to do just that. Crossing Cultures takes on the ambitious task of helping us convey understanding without complacency, and knowledge without arrogance. This book moves us closer to these goals in a way that is insightful, stimulating, and really, very useful.

This work is a twenty-first century tale. It assumes that we all are now cosmopolitans, or as they tell it, carry multicultural imprints. That is, today we have not only the culture we were born into, but also many familiar foreign ones, learned as we live among neighbors from different backgrounds and absorb different cultures from a globalized mass media and literature. Our classrooms now hold students who have had lessons in multicultural tolerance since elementary school (and many who have not). We have students who have lived and worked in other cultures for decades, while others have received all of their cultural imprints solely from the tales of others, not all of them with lessons of tolerance. How to help such diverse cosmopolitans to look deeper and see more? Can we keep them engaged and motivated by the tale, without mesmerizing and pacifying?

Nakiye Boyacigiller, Dick Goodman, and Maggi Phillips have developed a genuinely innovative way to help us all approach this task; it is an approach that puts reflection and reformulation at the forefront. First, they offer the why, not just the how. Accomplished teachers of anthropology, learning, conflict management, ethics, negotiation, human resources management, and alliance formation have been gathered here

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