Intercultural Communication Bridges the Gap Between Global Performance and National Interests

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Intercultural communication bridges the gap between
global performance and national interests
Marlon Modeste
Caribbean Nazarene College

Presented in partial fulfillment of the course requirements for: HR330 Intercultural relations
Lecturer: Dabrielle Nurse
Date: 16/02/12

Abstract
In this paper it is demonstrated that intercultural communication - (ICC) - is the vehicle which bridges the gap between global performance and national interests. In looking at its genesis and at its future it can be clearly seen that the future of all nations’ performance and survivability in the global marketplace is hinged upon the development of a common language that would enable them to become partners instead of adversaries. In this new atmosphere of interdependence it is critical that all the players realize that their survival depends upon aligning their national interests to what is taking place in the global arena. Abbreviations used:

Intercultural communications: - ICC
Human resource management: - HRM

Table of contents
Abstract
Table of contents
I. Introduction
II. Research questions:
a) What is ICC?
b) Why ICC?
c) How does education affect the study of ICC?
d) How does research affect the study of ICC?
e) How does business affect the study of ICC?
III. Conclusion/recommendations

Intercultural communication bridges the gap between
global performance and national interests
As mankind marches inexorably towards a future where he is more a creature than a creator, he is desperately seeking ways to find a mean or method to steer a ship that seems forever bound towards rocky shores. It has been the bane of the human race that they have been able to create technological wonders that have transformed the planet, yet they seem unable to find ways to coexist in a necessary harmony that would allow one and all to have a sustainable existence. The specter of insularity, like a hydra headed monster seems to be forever among us, destroying the human community at the most crucial times of its development, even as it tries to stretch a hand out to hold on to a reason that says we are not alone; therefore this world is not for one of us but for all of us.

Now that we have reached that future where even the most myopic of nations have begun to realize that their survival could depend on those who were once perhaps their worst enemies. Mankind has entered into a new paradigm where his choices seemed to have already been predetermined by the circumstances of his arrival. Cooperation is no longer a strategy; it has now become a deadly necessity where the odds against survival rise significantly if one dares to try to go it alone. In this global village, nations are learning some hard lessons; that the things that they once cherished and held so dear must now be put aside in the interest of continued existence. Words like; borders, sovereignty, and even nationality have now lost a lot of their former meaning as the pace of change dictates that new instruments be found to access a future that will accept no half measures.

Hence we have come to that place where nations must learn, one and all, to talk the same language or be eventually be destroyed by economic forces that none can withstand alone. Thus we enter into the era of ICC which has become the necessary rudder to steer the wayward ship of mankind. Through this vehicle and this vehicle alone can any nation hope to have a sustainable existence as a globally interconnected world demands that we understand one another. But what is this thing called ICC and what are the rules of this new game? As we enter into this voyage of discovery it becomes necessary that we look at its roots and its future because ICC is the bridge between the gap of global performance and national interests. II. Research questions

a) What is intercultural communication?...
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