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Global Advances in Business Communication
Number of Followers: 5  

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ISSN (Online) 2164-1692
Published by Eastern Michigan University Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Developing Linguistic and Intercultural Competence through an

    • Authors: Michel R. Gueldry
      Abstract: Language education for STEM and especially engineering presents opportunities for student recruitment and retention, for curricular and scholarly innovation, and for interdisciplinary initiatives. Therefore, this article is inspired by the relative paucity of resources on language education and intercultural studies for engineering and its potential for expansion. It presents a case study of the development of a global engineering program with study in France and explores transferability to other languages and institutions by offering a “how-to” guide. This article may serve as a vade mecum for curriculum and program developers since it includes the multilayered rationale for offering a GEP, a case study of application, fundamentals to consider upstream, and a checklist to operationalize an GEP. In conclusion, we draw core lessons and advice for programs and institutions.
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:20:43 PDT
  • Diversity and Inclusion in International Communications: Applications for
           Today’s Work World

    • Authors: Kimberley Barker PhD
      Abstract: Verna Myers (2016) advocated that “Diversity is being invited to the party, but inclusion is being asked to dance.” Cultural competence demands a strategic understanding of the importance of harnessing the power of diversity and inclusion in every action in organizations, communities, and nations throughout the world. Today’s work world cannot undervalue the importance of having diverse and inclusive representation in all areas of the organization, especially including international communication. By creating an environment that continually asks questions, values and embraces diversity - then collaborates and reconciles potential solutions to create positive outcomes - creates an inclusive environment in which all can thrive.
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:20:37 PDT
  • A Case Study of Workplace Language Use Within Micro, Small, Midsize, and
           Large Companies: Insights from Language School Students in Abidjan, Ivory

    • Authors: Steven J. Sacco
      Abstract: Africa is experiencing explosive economic growth that will continue unabated into the next decades. Despite Africa’s economic ascendance and its paucity of native English speakers, Business English as Lingua Franca (BELF) researchers have largely bypassed it, focusing instead on Europe and Asia. BELF researchers such as Neeley (2012, 2017) and Kankaanranta & Louhiala-Salminen (2013) have declared English the world’s language of business despite contrary evidence of multilingual franca workplace settings within multinational corporations (Ehrenreich, 2009; Janssens & Steyaert, 2014; Angouri, 2014; Lüdi, Meier & Yanaprasart, 2016; Sacco, 2017, 2019, 2022). The present study explored workplace language use among 22 managers who are also studying English at a local language school. The 22 subjects represent 21 micro, small, medium, and large companies in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which is one of the largest cities in Africa and which boasts one of the largest commerce ports on the African continent. Consequently, the key question is whether Francophone Africa will buck the trend of English as the dominant workplace language or is it simply moving slowly toward English dominance'
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:20:33 PDT
  • Diverse Workgroup Dynamics: Is It Possible to Improve Intercultural
           Workgroup Communication'

    • Authors: Renata Kolodziej-Smith
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:20:29 PDT
  • Cross-Cultural Pedagogical Research and Diversity in Global Business

    • Authors: David A. Victor
      PubDate: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 11:20:27 PDT
  • Spanish for Business: Past, Present, and Future (Opinion)

    • Authors: Carlos M. Coria-Sánchez
      Abstract: Spanish for Business has witnessed a lack of growth in academia for the last five years in colleges and universities that offer either a major, minor, or certificate in this area. This article follows those five years of development not only in the number of students taking Spanish for Business and Business Culture classes but also in the way administrators and other faculty members do not consider this to be an area worth research and publication. In the meantime, the number of positions advertised for faculty to teach these courses has gradually decreased during this time period.
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:21:17 PDT
  • LSP in Canadian Higher Education: What We Can Learn from Program Reviews

    • Authors: Judith A. Ainsworth
      Abstract: Using university periodic program review documents, this study investigated the major stakes in offering programs in language study for field specific purposes, or languages for specific purposes (LSP), at Canadian institutions of higher education, and the most frequent recommendations found in the external reviewers’ reports. A conceptual framework of the LSP field was developed for thematic coding using QDA Miner, a mixed-method approach to data analysis. The qualitative and quantitative analyses revealed that the three most important stakes for the discipline are relevance for employment needs, correspondence to stakeholder needs and interdisciplinary cooperation. The external reviewers recommended 1) developing strategies for updating, revising and reorganising courses and programs in response to the changing needs of students and society; 2) encouraging units to develop initiatives that favour international opportunities and interdisciplinary collaboration; and 3) creating tenure-track faculty positions. These findings shed light on the value of the formative function of program evaluation for developing curricula that provide quality, pertinent professional language studies.
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:21:09 PDT
  • A Heuristic Model of Organizational Boundaries as Contesting Spaces of
           Betweenness in International Management

    • Authors: Diana J. Wong-MingJi
      Abstract: This paper examines organizational boundaries as contesting spaces of in betweenness that requires constant negotiations of multi-level cross-cultural differences. Traditionally, boundaries are viewed as relatively static imaginary lines that facilitate flow of information and resource exchanges between organizations and their environments. Membership and cultural identity employ power through separation to elevate the status and legitimacy of insiders over outsider. As dynamic and contested spaces, organizational boundaries are based on processes of construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction in cross cultural relationships. Four significant functions of boundary are demarcation, perimeters, interfaces, and frontiers. Three contestations illustrate different complex problematics in the betweenness of spaces – 1) rise of the modern nation-state with military and political powers; 2) intellectual capital based on accumulation of legitimizing institutional processes and designations with governance structures and regulatory property rights; and 3) e-commerce creating a digital divide that is transcending traditionally understood sovereign boundaries.
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:21:00 PDT
  • Magnitude Matters: The Impact of Pandemic Threat Perceptions on the
           Effectiveness of Health Message Framing Across Countries

    • Authors: Anthony K. Asare et al.
      Abstract: Pandemic diseases are characterized as being highly contagious, where there is limited control and a threat of spreading globally. During a pandemic outbreak, hysteria and media hype make it difficult for medical authorities to get accurate and useful information to individuals to minimize the spread of the epidemic. This research investigates the impact of message framing on intentions to interact with health messages, taking into account perceived magnitude of the pandemic threat. The authors conduct research in three countries – U.S., China, and Ghana. Study 1 was a between-subjects design to examine the impact of message frame (positive, negative) in a call-to-action disease message on intentions to click for more information in Ghana, the U.S., and China. Study 2 was a 2 (message frame: positive, negative) by 3 perceived threat magnitude (high, moderate, low) between-subjects design to examine the impact of each variable on intentions to click for more information in China and the U.S. Findings show that magnitude matters in health message framing. Specifically, message framing effects are evident when the perceived magnitude of a threat is moderate.
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:20:47 PDT
  • Betweenness: Global Business Communication in a Time of Change and

    • Authors: David A. Victor
      PubDate: Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:20:42 PDT
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