The paper "Barriers to Effective Cross-Cultural Communication" is an engrossing example of coursework on management. The need for people to communicate across different cultural backgrounds continues to be evident because of the salient benefits of globalization. Communication forms the backbone of most cultures and it is from these cultural diversities that cross-cultural communication becomes essential, not only for individuals but multinationals with operations around the globe (Bei, 2014). Cross-cultural communication remains a field for further research because it is huge and keeps on changing as the social and economic impacts of globalization manifest in everyday life activities in business organizations and interpersonal communication. Cross-cultural communication denotes the passing, receiving, and interpreting both verbal and non-verbal messages between and among people from different cultural backgrounds.
According to Bei (2014), different cultural groups have different beliefs, values, norms, and social systems that form their cultures and languages. These differences affect communication. Imperatively, even people from the same culture and language may have different norms and values based on their ethnic and family perspectives (Arsecuratne & Yazdanifard, 2013). The increased international business, tourism, students studying overseas and awareness of indigenous minority cultures form the basis for fostering better communication among different cultural groups, especially from an organizational point of view (Najafbagy, 2008). Cross-cultural communication in organizations is concerned with the need to understand different business customs, beliefs, and communication strategies.
Effectively, cross-cultural communication seeks to ensure that individuals can deal with language differences, high-context, and low-context cultures, nonverbal differences, and power distance in their effort to communicate with people from diverse cultural backgrounds (Arsecuratne & Yazdanifard, 2013). In this report, the article discusses cross-cultural communication by focusing on two theories, what they explain, and what they fail to explain.
The paper also focuses on barriers to effective cross-cultural communication and how to overcome them. Finally, the article examines barriers that global companies face in cross-cultural communication.
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