Guest lecture - Building intercultural competence
Wednesday, 22nd March at 20.00
This lecture will help define and explain intercultural competencies, with the focus on the key capabilities to work and relate successfully across cultures.
Globalization impacts working patterns of employees from large and small countries all over the world. More people are starting careers in the global companies, and working in international teams. Recruiters of leading corporations often look for candidates with strong intercultural skills who can function well and manage culturally mixed teams. Professionals who try to stay marketable and successful explore different ways of testing, assessing and developing intercultural skills in order to meet expectations of global employers.
This lecture will help define and explain intercultural competencies, with the focus on the key capabilities to work and relate successfully across cultures. Examples from business and academia will be shared along with the results of Eastern European cultural intelligence research. Students will compare cultural dimensions of Slovenia, Russia and the USA and analyze stereotypes, biases and perceptions. Lecturer will offer a range of strategies for measuring and advancing intercultural skill sets. The event is interactive, with Q&A elements and reflection sessions.
About the guest speaker
Dr. Svitlana Buko is a sociologist and research advisor for multidisciplinary US-Europe research project teams. Born in St Petersburg (Russia), worked and lived in 6 countries. Dr.Buko holds a Liberal Arts degree from St. Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences (Russia, 2002), and a Ph.D. from the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, focused on the sociology of cross-cultural management (Kyiv, 2008). She has worked for several international organizations: Citizens Development Corps (CDC), American Councils (ACCELS), International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the United Nations (UNDP). Svitlana is a frequent guest lecture/visiting professor in Austria (2013-2014), and USA (2013-2016). Since 2013 she has been managing collaboration of American and European scientists within extended cultural intelligence research project in four countries in Eastern&Central Europe: Ukraine-Moldova (post communist ex-USSR) and Slovenia-Sebria (post socialist ex-Yugoslavia). Dr. Buko is a member of SIETAR Europe and IACCM (International Association of Cross Cultural Competence and Management).
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