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Academy of Management Meeting, Chicago, August 7-11 2009 Professional Development Workshop: Teaching and Learning in Different Cultures. Teaching in Predominantly Muslim Countries Professor Günter K. Stahl, WU Vienna and INSEAD. Potential Barriers to Effective (Executive) Teaching.
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Professional Development Workshop: Teaching and Learning in Different Cultures
Teaching in Predominantly Muslim Countries
Professor Günter K. Stahl, WU Vienna and INSEAD
Must be considered in the program design and the choice of instructors in predominantly Muslim countries
Language and Communication
Level of English language proficiency is unpredictable and inconsistent in many countries
Differences in communication styles can be a source of irritation, mis-understandings and conflicts
Fundamental differences in philosophy, styles, and approaches to leadership development and teaching
Deep seated cultural bias towards authoritarianism can pose obstacles to the successful implementation of leadership development initiatives and prevent trainees from applying new skills in their work environment
Trainees respond well to various teaching methods but may have a preference for more structured over experiential learning methods
Source: Hall & Hall (1995)
Circling round or getting straight to the point
Diffuse, high context(from general to specific)
Specific, low context (from specific to general)
Conduct a culture scan of your country, using the cultural analysis tool introduced in class.
How is BankQ’s culture a reflection of Indonesian national values? How is it different? Why?
We need a 10-point scale!
Source: Adopted from Phillips & Boyacigiller (2003)
GLOBE Project: South Asian Cluster
South Asian ClusterIndonesiaIndiaThailandMalaysiaIran Philippines
Power distance (PD)
The degree to which members of a collective expect power to be distributed equally.
Specific Questionnaire Item
Followers are (should be) expected to obey their leaders without question.
Source: Javidan, Stahl, Brodbeck & Wilderom (2005). Cross-border transfer of knowledge: Cultural lessons from project GLOBE. Academy of Management Executive, 19, 59-76.