Cross-cultural / intercultural communication / management
Instructions for doing end-of-course portfolios
Do your portfolio by yourself, individually. If you worked in groups at certain times for certain activities, then you should mention the other people working with you and state that it was a group effort.
If you were absent for a session, then you need to mark "absent" for the session(s) in which you were absent. Include medical certificates, job interview invitation lettres or other official justification for the absence. Indicate this on the table below.
You must prepare a document (portfolio) as indicated below. It may be in English or in French or a mixture of both languages. If you worked in a group of some activities, and if you wish to say the same thing as your cealgues for some of the things, then you may do that, but make sure that it is clear that the text is a common effort, or indicate the main author(s) of the text.
If some instructions below are not possible to follow, then make a responsible decision to do it differently (and explain why very briefly if necessary).
For your report you will need to relate your class work to the various intercultural concepts that have been developed by research and scholarship. In other words, your accounts of classwork (including personal experience inside and outside class) need to be set in the context of the various concepts developed in intercultural studies.
To know about some of those concepts, consult various documents about intercultural management and communication. The best one has a filename like "International Management Chapter04 408020".
If you wish to find others on the web, use the search term "intercultural management" or "intercultural communication" or "cross-cultural management" or "cross-cultural communication", and add other terms for your specific topic, such as "teamwork", "development", "adaptation", "styles". For your report, indicate the titles and URLs of all documents that you use, and attach the documents in an appendix to your report.
However, do not copy web pages without citing your source, and marking the quotes appropriately. Plagiarism makes you look silly. Be smart and cite your sources. Inserting relevant quotes is also smart - and in the scientific spirit. All quotes from web-based documents must be referenced, using the URL.
Keep the length of your document to a minimum (do not write a book!), but make sure that it contains all the items in sufficient, but only necessary, detail. Say the least possible. Quality is more important than quantity. If you have photos and diagrams, you should include them too. Below are examples taken from activities that you may or may not have done in class. Some information can be obtained from the various forms that you filled out during the activity or the debriefing (in class or after).
Organise your report in 5 sections as indicated below:
Start each section on a new page. If your report is not done exactly as indicated, or if it is late, it will be disqualified, with no grade given.
1. Basic data
A. Cover sheet:
B. Plan of report.
Start this on a new page. Use page numbers (and refer to them inside the report, e.g., "see page 5"). Place the page number in the document header.
For the whole course (i.e., all your meetings/activities), include tables, as follows. If a table is missing, your report will not be valid. If there is not time for you to revise the report, then your report will be ignored.
C. Summary of attendance & contribution.
Absence / presence in class. Indicate the number of sessions present in class, and indicate the total of sessions at which you were present. Do one table for each person.
*Homework is any work that you did alone or with colleagues as a follow-up to the activities in class. These will usually have been debriefings, readings, discussions, etc. If you produced anything as a reults of the homework, such as a set of powerpoint slides, indicate in above table and include the slides in miniature in an appendix.
Total sessions present = 3 / 5.
Total session with arrival on time (no more than 5m late)) = 4 / 6
See above under Person 1.
D. Summary of meetings/activities.
For each activity include a name, indicate date and time of the activities, with names of others in your group, and other relevant information (such as that indicated in the example below).
Do as many summaries as you did activities/meetings. Indicate who was present and who absent in each summary.
Indicate individual participation in the class activities and debriefings / discussions in class and after (concentration, maturity, behaviour, attitude, etc). Remember that if you did not participate in an activity, your participation in debriefings and discussions will be relatively low and will need to be fully justified briefly in your account, below).
E. Relative contribution to writing the report
Indicate members in your group (alpha order), with the contribution for each member. This is your relative contribution to writing the report (not to class activities). Names of each member of the group (alpha order), with the contribution for each member. The score represents the relative contribution made by each member of the group to the writing of the final portfolio.
Italics below are examples; replace with your own content.
This section contains short accounts of your activities. If it was a group activity, indicate the people present.
Example for presentations
Example for COWANBUNGA, MIZAR, or other business negotiation simulation, etc
Example for Cultural Detective, or other activities by Dr George Simons
Example for a film that you showed.
For the activities as a whole, summarize your thoughts and actions, your intentions, concepts, documents consulted, ideas for the future, etc. about intercultural communication and management. You will get the contents here from:
Focus on a well-defined aspects of a small number of related topics. You may, of course, discuss them in a small group, in which case, indicate the people in your discussion group(s). Write notes to summarize your thinking about aspects and actions related to intercultural communication and management. Here you need to focus on things beneath the water line of the cultural iceberg.
Illustrate your points with concrete examples drawn from the class activities (be specific about which ones) and from your your own personal experience and professional work. Relate your discussion to basic concept, as found in the class intercultural documents, especially "International Management Chapter04 408020". This is important. Make sure that you reference your quotes (even if they are short sentences or even names of concepts). Remember to write short notes, with bullets; do not write a long essay.
Here are a few ideas for topics:
This is your chance to show how much you learnt, especially how much and what work you did to relate the class activities to the main concepts and the various theories in cross-cultural communication and management.
4. Learning & commitment
Indicate and discuss the following three things:
Remember that there are no 'right answers'.
5. Course feedback
At the end of the report, discuss the activities, using the questionnaire below
as a guide. Here each person must write their own personal
account. Indicate who using the full name as a subheading.
a. Quels étaient les 2 meilleurs aspects de l'atelier (cours) et pourquoi ?
Aspect 1. __
Pourquoi ? __
Aspect 2. __
Pourquoi ? __
b. Quels étaient les 2 plus grands problèmes et que suggérez-vous comme solutions ?
Problème 1 __
Pourquoi ? __
Problème 2 __
Pourquoi ? __
c. Que ferriez-vous, vous-même, de différent si vous aviez à refaire cette atelier?
Chose différente 1. __
Chose différente 2. __
d. En plus des commentaires ci-dessus, quelles suggestions faites-vous pour que, une prochaine fois, l'atelier soit plus efficace/instructif ?
Suggestion 1. __
Suggestion 2. __
e. Etant donné que la substance du cours et la méthode de formation demandent, chez les apprenants, une grande maturité dans leurs attitudes et comportements, écrire quelques lignes sur:
Votre propre attitude et comportement ds le cours ___
L'attitude et le comportement des autres ds le cours ___
L'action à faire concernant des attitudes et comportements immatures ___
f. D’autres commentaires ou suggestions ?
You must prepare an electronic version - according to the following instructions:
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