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The Global People competency framework: competencies for effective intercultural interaction

By Helen Spencer-Oatey and Stefanie Stadler


This Competency Framework explains the competencies that are needed for effective intercultural interaction. In contrast to the Life Cycle Model for Intercultural Partnerships (see the Global People Toolbook) which presents the competencies by stage (i.e. key competencies are identified for each stage of a project life cycle), the Competency Framework presents them by clusters. Intercultural competencies can be grouped into four interrelated clusters, according to the aspect of competence they affect or relate to:\ud - Knowledge and ideas\ud - Communication\ud - Relationships\ud - Personal qualities and dispositions\ud \ud We overview these four clusters in Section 2.\ud \ud In Sections 3 – 6, for each competency cluster, we list the key component competencies, along with descriptive explanations of each of them. We also provide case study examples from the eChina-UK Programme to illustrate one or more of the following:\ud - How the competency manifests itself;\ud - Why the competency is important or is needed;\ud - How the competency can be displayed in behaviour;\ud - What problems may occur when the competency is not present.\ud \ud The Competency Framework is thus useful for those who wish to gain a systematic, in-depth understanding of intercultural effectiveness and the competencies need to achieve it

Topics: HM, P1
Publisher: University of Warwick, Centre for Applied Linguistics
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:3272

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