Building Commitment

Building Commitment

Rationale behind the competences

The IRC Competences focus on the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people from other cultural backgrounds. Knowledge about other cultures is necessary but not sufficient for being interculturally competent. Instead, people need to be able to constructively use their knowledge of their own and other cultures, to understand and deal with their own and other people’s responses to such differences, and to understand the social dynamics of interactions between groups. Through effective relationships with culturally different others individuals gain in-depth understanding of the specific cultural (and organisational) context within which they operate, develop constructive attitudes and establish effective interactions between groups for enhanced understanding, strong relationships and sharing of knowledge. The IRC Competences focus on a person’s ability to build such relationships.

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