Air between the Cymbals: The Examination of Hungarian Undergraduates' Cultural Intelligence

ArticleinInternational Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management 11(3):59-70 · January 2012with3 Reads
Abstract
Cultural intelligence is particularly important for people who carry out their tasks in a multicultural environment, among people whose cultures are different, who have a different religious background, or grew up in a different region of the country. Cultural intelligence is a capability of utmost importance that enhances the efficiency of an employee, manager, and the organisation, and at the same time it also improves interpersonal interaction. Cultural intelligence is an independent ability; consequently, it fits into the modern conceptual framework of intelligence. Our empirical research had two foci. On the one hand, we aimed to measure the cultural intelligence of Hungarian university students, to uncover the how prepared the future generation of leaders were to solve conflicts that were inherently cultural at the root. On the other hand, we also examined how students' early socialisation affected their cultural intelligence. During our research, it was vital to answer the question of whether there is significant difference between the cultural intelligence of students who grew up close to the western border along the iron curtain and their counterparts who lived close to the eastern regions along the borders of post-communist countries. © Common Ground, Ágnes Balogh, Eszter Bogdány, Tibor Csizmadia, Lajos Szabó, All Rights Reserved.
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