Cultural distance and its effects on cross-cultural training

Sabina Cerimagic, Jim Smith

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to discover whether Australian (and other) project managers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are cross-culturally trained and appropriately prepared for their overseas assignment and whether that cross-cultural training is helpful to their success in working in the UAE. An online survey was used for collecting the necessary data. The survey was distributed to human resources managers and project managers already working for Australia companies in the UAE. The reason for choosing only Australian companies to send the survey to was that this research focused on Australian project managers working and living in the UAE, and the study was limited to this defined population. The results of this research indicate that cross-cultural training is paramount to Australian project managers working in the UAE as the cultural distance between those two countries is large. Research has recognised that the more different the expatriate’s country of origin is to their new host country, the more difficult the adjustment that needs to be made will be. This research has concluded that cultural distance has a moderate effect on the crosscultural training required for the expatriate to succeed in their new environment. Additionally, the learning style of the expatriate plays an important role in how much information they retain from the training. Researchers have discovered that different national cultures prefer different learning styles and environments and companies must deliver training in the most effective manner. This too was confirmed in this research and the authors recommend three stages of cross-cultural training and preparation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the RICS COBRA 2013 (online)
PublisherRoyal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2013 - New Delhi, New Delhi, India
Duration: 10 Sep 201312 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferenceRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2013
Abbreviated titleRICS COBRA 2013
CountryIndia
CityNew Delhi
Period10/09/1312/09/13

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United Arab Emirates
Cross-cultural training
Cultural distance
Project manager
Expatriates
Learning styles
Human resources
Managers
Country of origin
Online survey
Assignment
Host country
Preparation
Learning environment
National cultures

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Cerimagic, S., & Smith, J. (2013). Cultural distance and its effects on cross-cultural training. In Proceedings of the RICS COBRA 2013 (online) Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Cerimagic, Sabina ; Smith, Jim . / Cultural distance and its effects on cross-cultural training. Proceedings of the RICS COBRA 2013 (online). Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2013.
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Cerimagic, S & Smith, J 2013, Cultural distance and its effects on cross-cultural training. in Proceedings of the RICS COBRA 2013 (online). Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2013, New Delhi, India, 10/09/13.

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Proceedings of the RICS COBRA 2013 (online). Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), 2013.

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