Online course in Business & Management

Develop Your Cultural Intelligence

Discover the importance of cultural intelligence, or 'CQ', and find out to improve your own cultural intelligence.

  • Duration 5 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
  • Learn Free
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Grow your cultural intelligence

In a globalised world workplaces are increasingly filled with a mix of people from wide variety of places, with a mix of cultures. Good cultural intelligence (CQ) - the ability to work effectively across cultures - is vital.

On this course you will learn about the key aspects of cultural intelligence and learn different methods for improving your own cultural intelligence. You will explore how cultural intelligence can make all the difference to effectiveness, performance and success in a multicultural and global environment.

What topics will you cover?

  • Cultural value orientations or dimensions
  • Interest, drive, and motivation to adapt interculturally
  • How cultures are similar and different including cultural values
  • Awareness and ability to plan in light of one’s cultural understanding
  • Adaptability when relating and working interculturally
  • Personal cultural intelligence development plan

When would you like to start?

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Compare your preferred cultural values with other cultural groups
  • Engage your interest, drive, and confidence in adapting to diversity and multicultural situations or individuals
  • Report your understanding of how cultures and diversities are similar and how they are different
  • Explain your awareness and ability to plan for diverse and multicultural interactions
  • Evaluate your ability to adapt when relating and working in diverse contexts
  • Identify strategies for developing your cultural intelligence

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone working in a mixed culture workplace, you might be university staff, a HR professional, a corporate trainer, working in law enforcement or healthcare.

What software or tools do you need?

No specific software, hardware or other resources are needed to start this course.

Who will you learn with?

Charles A. Calahan

Charles A. Calahan

I teach at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA and facilitate the intercultural development of faculty, staff and students. I am a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy.

Who developed the course?

One of the four best public universities in the US, Purdue delivers an engaging learning experience and a world-class degree.

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