San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Intercultural Communication: A New Competency for the Global EngineerAbstractWhile in the past an engineer was defined almost solely by his or her technical competencies, thelast century has brought with it and encouraged the development of competencies beyondproblem solving. The American Society for Engineering Education has stressed “(w)ith morecompanies expanding into new areas of the world, the need for engineers who are capable ofworking in more than one culture has increased.” Global changes have made it more and morenecessary to prepare the next generation of engineers for the challenges of working ininternational settings. To give our students a competitive advantage, the educational module inintercultural communication described in this paper will provide engineering students valuabletools for working internationally.Whether traveling to an international location to work on an engineering project or working onan international team at their industrial base, our graduates need to have an understanding ofdifferences in values, manners, customs, language, work ethics, and leadership that mayinfluence successful communication in the engineering problem-solving process. The content ofthis module will center on global challenges facing engineers in the 21st century, andintercultural differences that will influence communication and success in meeting thosechallenges. In its first phase the educational module will consist of lecture and interactiveworkshops of approximately 3-4 hours. The intended audience is within the scope of anengineering design course, but the module could also be utilized for faculty. The followingtopics will be addressed: Globalization and its effect on engineering practices Global challenges/projects for engineers in the 21st century Communication theory How engineering practices differ in different countries, cultures Cultural differences, including values, language, religion, social differences, gender differences, age, legal systems, competitiveness, work ethics, honesty, ethnocentrism, leadership International teams, virtual teams, collaborations How cultural differences impact an engineering design teamAnother phase may include the development of a full course, depending on the success of themodule and the perceived need.
Scott, S. W. (2012, June), Intercultural Communication: A New Competency for the Global Engineer Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21586
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