June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Companies are designing and producing products around the world and engineering businesses became global enterprises. Partnerships are formed with professionals from diverse cultures and backgrounds as business relationships are expending. Each technical discipline and unique culture brings a wide range of communication challenges. Good communication practices are essential for successful product development and business dealings. Miscommunication could cause a loss of business and, in some cases, even bankruptcy of a company. Communication is a mix of verbal and non-verbal interactions and etiquette. Therefore, the engineering students need to practice and to enhance their skills in communication, while working with projects in teams with students from other countries and cultures. In this paper, the authors describe their international projects where students from Denmark and the USA work together. For USA students, it is a part of their senior design capstone course and for Danish students it is an innovation and interdisciplinary project, so called the Innovation Pilot. The key learning objectives for training communication skills in order to work in global teams and manage the projects are as follows: • To understand the elements of culture and intercultural communication that impact the development of new technology and business interactions • To learn how to apply a model to understand any culture, including one’s own. • To enhance students’ skills in the dimensions of intercultural competence. The authors describe their experiences throughout three semesters with three teams of students working together to develop new high-tech test equipment for the engine test cell, which is located at Purdue University’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology. The focus in this paper is global communication during the project work. The different phases of communication are described and analyzed. The paper concludes with the instructors’ and students’ own statements concerning their experiences to communicate with each other on distance and across disciplines and different time zones.
Friesel, A., & Dubikovsky, S. (2019, June), Intercultural and Interdisiplinary Communication Skills as a Component of Engineering Education: International Design Projects Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33004
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