An Investigation of Intercultural Effectiveness for Foreign-Born Faculty in Taiwan

By Pi-Chi Han.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Internationalization has been a trend in higher education around the world. It has increased the demand for individuals who can manage effectively in a foreign environment. Much research has focused on expatriates’ cross-cultural adaptation. Little attention has been paid to the research of investigating university international faculty in terms of intercultural effectiveness. Intercultural effectiveness (ICE) has also been called cross-cultural competence and cross-cultural success (Kelley & Meyers, 1995). Cui (1989) defines ICE as the general assessment of a sojourner’s ability to communicate effectively across cultures. Han (1997, 2002) develops a Five-Competence Model for measuring ICE, i.e., (1) the ability to handle psychological stress, (2) the ability to effectively communicate, (3) the ability to establish interpersonal relationships, (4) the ability to have cross-cultural awareness, and (5) the ability to have cultural empathy. The purpose of this current study was to investigate and compare variables affecting ICE competencies for foreign-born faculty in Taiwan. It also helped identify ICE competencies of the foreign-born faculty in Taiwan and provided baseline information required to analyze and develop2 cross-cultural training programs for international assignees in both public and private sectors, and for foreign-born faculty in educational institutions as a whole.

Keywords: Intercultural Effectiveness, Foreign-Born Faculty, Cross-Cultural Competence, Cross-Cultural Training, Training and Development, Lifelong Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp.165-174. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 607.464KB).

Dr. Pi-Chi Han

Assistant Professor, Divsion of Educational Leadeship & Policy Studies, University of Missouri - St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, USA

Dr. Pi-Chi Han, an American trained female professional, is a global workforce education and development/ Human Resource Development (HRD) facilitator and intercultural effectiveness/managing expatriates consultant as well as organizational change practitioner in Taiwan, where she has taught in International Trade Department of the Tamkang University and served as a change agent for Far Eastern Groups and Great Wall corporate in many training interventions. Professionally, she has conducted and developed a serious of training courses for management development in both private business sectors and public ones. Her research interests have been focused on the issues of intercultural effectiveness, global talents, global leadership, and organizational change. In many outreached activities, Dr. Pi-Chi Han has served as a Labor-Management Relations committee member for the General Chamber of Commerce and one of advisory board committee fellows of the World Economics Society in Taiwan, an international fellow of the 21st Century Trust in the United Kingdom, and an international faculty associate of HARRT (Human Resource Round Table for Senior Executives, UCLA) in the U.S.A. Dr. Pi-Chi Han has broad international experience. She has presented papers in Finland, Japan, France, China, Taiwan, Australia, & the U.S. Besides, she is an active member in many international and national associations, such as SIETAR (Society for International Education, Training and Research), Phi Beta Delta (Honor Society for International Scholars), IFUW (International Federation of University Women), and WFS (World Future Society). In the Fall of 2007, She starts her new teaching journey in the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy study in the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She makes a great life decision to have an adventure in the U.S. because of her belief in lifelong learning. Pi-Chi’s most remarkable character is her everlasting enthusiasm towards human beings and their cultures.

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