The Intercultural Readiness Check (IRC) is a powerful internationally recognized tool for improving your intercultural effectiveness. Using the IRC’s unique methods, devised and refined by academics, practitioners and executives in major companies, will get you ready for today’s multicultural world.

IRC Competencies

Intercultural Sensitivity

How actively you are interested in other people, their cultural backgrounds, needs and perspectives
How much you notice when interacting with people from other cultures

Building Commitment

How much you invest into developing relationships and diverse networks How creative you are in developing solutions that satisfy the interests of different stakeholders

Intercultural Communication

How mindful and self-reflective you are when communicating with other cultures How effectively you adjust your style to meet the expectations and needs of people from different cultures

Managing Uncertainty

How well you deal with the complexities of greater cultural diversity—how comfortable you are in this complexity How effectively you use cultural diversity as a source of learning and innovation—how diversity becomes your tool for creativity

IRC training can be custom designed to suit a range of organizations


Universities with a significant cohort of international students benefit from IRC training to understand intercultural effectiveness.  

Global Corporations

Companies who are negotiating contracts outside of their countries or who have offices in overseas locations will benefit from a management team who are able to communicate effectively with different cultures.  An IRC consultant can work closely with your team to deliver the most suitable learning for your business.


Successful outcomes from high level discussions, negotiations and trade agreements between countries depend on excellent intercultural skills.  The IRC is the best in its class, with one of the largest sources of information on intercultural competencies world-wide.

IRC Benefits

The Intercultural Readiness Check is a high quality assessment tool suitable for individual and group interventions, in both cross- border and domestic diversity contexts. It can be used for:

  • Individual assessment in coaching and group training situations
  • Group analysis for supporting a team to benefit from its diversity
  • Organization-wide needs assessment for training design
  • Program evaluation to assess the effectiveness of interventions
  • Research purposes in cooperation with Intercultural Business Improvement

The IRC helps participants to better understand how they currently approach intercultural interactions. What they do well, what they may find difficult, and how they can develop the intercultural competencies they need.

Individuals receive written personal feedback with detailed suggestions for development.

The IRC is one of the few intercultural tools tested for reliability and validity.  The IRC offers an ideal combination of being practical, uncomplicated and solid.

Over the past 10 years more than 50,000 respondents from all over the world have filled in the IRC, making the IRC database one of the largest sources of information on intercultural competencies world-wide.

The database has been analyzed in four studies to monitor the quality of the instrument. Reliability checks involve a major re-analysis. Input from 13,000 respondents was used to develop the new and improved IRC 2.0.

  • Structure content delivery around the competency approach with greater credibility.
  • Identify learning needs, give feedback and constructive advice for further development.
  • Provide customized training sessions and coaching on competence development.
  • Are committed to intercultural competency development.

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