Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain and identify examples for each of Hofstede’s five primary cultural dimensions
  2. Discuss the process of accommodation through convergence or divergence 
  3. Explain how the threshold for anxiety and uncertainty can either impair or motivate communication
  4. Predict intercultural conflict due to cultural differences in conflict management
  5. Compare and contrast major theoretical approaches to intercultural communication
  6. Provide systematic understanding of a professional situation by applying theories of intercultural communication