Interculturality and international activities

Objectives of the lesson

In this part, the readers will be informed about potential intercultural issues, focusing on language and cultural barriers. The reader will be introduced to the topic by introducing the culture and cultural differences. The reader will get tips on how to deal with certain issues and how to possibly avoid them. Furthermore, information and tips on how to improve the own cultural competence will be given. Supplementary videos will help illustrate certain aspects of intercultural issues and help the reader prepare for cultural differences during international activities.

Reading material

PowerPoint presentation


Introductory reading



Kerstin König
Technische Hochschule Deggendorf, Germany

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In this section, the introductory reading and PowerPoint presentation in English are available, as well as the list of references and further readings. At the bottom of the section, all the translations of the introductory readings and PowerPoint presentations are added as well.

Basic reading and PowerPoint presentation

Further readings

  • Bennett; M. J. D. (2001). Developing Intercultural Competence for Global Leadership. In: Reineke, R.-D./Fusinger, C. (eds.): Interkulturelles Management. Wiesbaden, p. 219.
  • Carté, P. (2008). Bridging the culture gap: A practical guide to international business communication. Kogan Page. London. ISBN: 9780749452742
  • Deller, J. et al. (2007). Verfahren und Ansätze zur Förderung interkultureller Kompetenz. In: Straub, J., Weidemann, A., Weidemann, D. (eds) Handbuch interkulturelle Kommunikation und Kompetenz. J.B. Metzler.
  • Haller, P.M., Nägele, U. (2013). Der Zugang zu anderen Kulturen: Wege und Möglichkeiten. In: Praxishandbuch Interkulturelles Management. Springer Gabler.
  • Hatzer, B., Layes, G. (2003). Interkulturelle Handlungskompetenz, in: Thomas, A., Kinast, E.U., Schroll‑Machl, S. (Hrsg.), Handbuch Interkulturelle Kommunikation und Kooperation, Band 1: Grundlagen und Praxisfelder. Göttingen, pp. 138–148.
  • Jacob, N. (2003). Intercultural Managemen Kogan Page. London. ISBN 9780749435820
  • Koch, E. (2017). Praxistraining Interkulturelles Management: Für Führungspraxis, Projektarbeit und Kommunikation. UVK Verlagsgesellschaft mbH. Konstanz.
  • Lang, R. & N. Baldauf (2016). Interkulturelles Management. Springer Gabler. Wiesbaden, ISBN 978-3-658-11234-9 ISBN 978-3-658-11235-6 (eBook), DOI 10.1007/978-3-658-11235-6
  • Lüsebrink, H.J. (2005). Interkulturelle Kommunikation. Stuttgart.
  • Meyer, E. (2018). Die Culture Map: Ihr Kompass für das internationale Business. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. Weinheim. ISBN: 9783527509225, 3527509224
  • Rothlauf, J. (2014). A global view on intercultural management: challenges in a globalized world. De Gruyter Oldenburg. Berlin, München, u.a.. ISBN: 9783110400625, 3110400626, 9783110376289, 9783110397901
  • Thomas, A., (2003). Interkulturelle Kompetenz. Grundlagen, Probleme und Konzepte, in: Erwägen – Wissen – Ethik 14 (1). Stuttgart, pp. 137–150.
  • Thomas, A. (2014). Wie Fremdes vertraut werden kann: Mit international Geschäftspartnern zusammenarbeiten. Springer Gabler.  Wiesbaden. ISBN: 9783658032340, 3658032340, 9783658032357

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