Managing Cultural Diversity In Technical Professions / Edition 1

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Overview

'Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions' provides managers of technical professionals with clear and tested strategies to improve communication and increase productivity among culturally diverse technical professionals, teams, and departments.

Dr. Laroche outlines the differences in education and training, career expectations, communication styles, and management expectations in countries around the world. He explains cross-cultural concepts and presents his case for the importance of cross-cultural competence supported by hard data, including charts, tables, and readily accessible schematics.

You'll benefit from the author's experience and expertise as a manager and consultant in this area, illustrated by numerous anecdotes, critical incidents, and mini case studies, centered around two central themes:

* Most technical professionals do not recognize the impact of cultural differences in their work
* Cross-cultural issues lead to a significant under-utilization of talent and affect productivity negatively

'Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions' offers proven tactics for improving your personal effectiveness and the efficiency of your multicultural teams, breaking the communication barrier in the multicultural workplace.

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"...belongs in the hands of any intercultural trainer..." - Dr. George F. Simons of www.diversophy.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750675819
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/18/2002
  • Series: Managing Cultural Differences Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Laroche has 15 years experience as an international engineer, working with people from more than 50 countries. For the past four years, he has delivered cross-cultural training courses to the employees of a number of technical organizations, from high tech and IT engineering departments. His clients include the IT Department of P&G Canada, the Syncrude Edmonton Research Centre, the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, MPI Software Technologies, AEA Technology Hyprotech, Allied Signal Aerospace, APEGGA, PEO, GTAGA, NR Can, Magna, Wescast Industries, TRW Canada, VAn Rob Stamping, York University, University of Toronto, Appott Laboratories, Janssen Pharaceutica, Johnson & Johnson, Rohm & Haas, etc. Dr. Laroche has delivered over 20 invited talks at technical and HR conferences and published over 80 articles in close to 30 engineering, scientific, HR and business magazines published in six countries.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Culture and Cultural Differences; Managing technical professionals; Multicultural teamwork; Communication; Career management; Looking ahead; Appendix A: Advice for HR managers and diversity trainers; Appendix B: Demographics; Appendix C: A cross-cultural look at technical education; Appendix D: Professional associations and regulations; Appendix E: Glossary of idiomatic phrases and sports English.

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