BUILDING INTERCULTURAL VIABILITY(TM) IN ORGANISATIONS: The Development of Collective Intercultural Adaptability

The whole is more than the sum of its parts. In its positive sense, that maxim describes the synergistic potential of organizations to combine unity and diversity into innovation. But it also can mean that the collective organizational culture can perpetuate ethnocentrism and inequity, despite individual development.

This course will show how to integrate tactical training in intercultural communication with strategic organizational transformation towards the goal of generating sustainable viability in unpredictably changing global and domestic social conditions.

Guest faculty

Dr. Milton Bennett

Why participate

Join this course to help your organisation—or those of your clients if you are an external consultant—pursue the strategic goal of sustainable adaptive potential to social change. 

In addition to predictable changes such as increasingly multicultural societies and greater emphasis on equity and inclusion issues, future social situations are sure to include unpredictable changes such as the ones that have occurred during the Covid pandemic. Since organizations cannot prepare for such changes specifically, they need help in developing a general adaptive capacity.

The course will use the new concept of Intercultural Viability™—the probability that an organization can adapt to unpredictable changes in multicultural social conditions—to guide advanced practical applications of a constructivist paradigm, a model of perceptual development, and coherent activities that foster intercultural consciousness. Participants will learn how to approach organizational adaptive capacity in a coherent way, how to explain it to stakeholders, how to coordinate program design elements, and how to select appropriate assessment methods.

Participant profile/requirements

This course is for you if are a mid- to senior-level in-house professional or consultant/trainer/multiplier/educator who helps those who:

  • Are implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives within their organisations;
  • Offer training and on-the-job professional development to help colleagues better communicate and collaborate;
  • Work with those who appreciate “hard science”-based evidence for making system-wide and personal change.

Learning outcomes

In this course, you will learn how to help yourself and those you work with so that you/they can better: 

  • Recognize the challenge of preparing organizations for unpredictable social change
  • Acquire conceptual tools for understanding and explaining the idea of collective intercultural adaptability to emerging social conditions.
  • Consider various methods for tactical and strategic intervention that will support collective intercultural development. 
  • Learn how to select appropriate assessment methods to create credibility, diagnose needs, and demonstrate effectiveness.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation listing 18 contact learning hours.

Participant reflections

Here's what 2022 participants have to say about this course:

  • “[This course] raised my confidence level thanks to encouragement received from the affirmation of my own style and skills.”
  • "It has been an honour to learn from Dr. Bennett."

For additional course details see the Institute for Developing Across Differences website

BUILDING INTERCULTURAL VIABILITY(TM) IN ORGANISATIONS: The Development of Collective Intercultural Adaptability

EUR 1495.00

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Coursecode Free spots Starts/Ends Days Place Enrollment start/end
IC-DAD5-2022-1465 Available
  • Starts on:
    12 Jul 2023
  • Ends on:
    14 Jul 2023
  • Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
  • Friday 09:00 - 17:30
  • City Centre
  • Start:
    10 November 2022 12:00
  • End:
    10 April 2023 12:00
Day 1: July 12, 2023, 9 a.m. -July 12, 2023, 5:30 p.m. City Centre
Day 2: July 13, 2023, 9 a.m. -July 13, 2023, 5:30 p.m. City Centre
Day 3: July 14, 2023, 9 a.m. -July 14, 2023, 5:30 p.m. City Centre

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