Cultural Training Based on a Theory of Relational Ideology
34 Pages Posted: 19 May 2006
Date Written: September 2006
This paper describes the development of a theory-based cross-cultural training intervention we call relational ideology training, and reports a field experiment testing its effectiveness in facilitating intercultural collaborations. The intervention was based on Protestant relational ideology (PRI) theory (Sanchez-Burks, 2002) and cross-cultural empirical research derived from this theory. An experiment compared the effectiveness of this novel intervention with the well established cultural assimilator training. Results show that compared to cultural assimilator training, relational ideology training is more effective in improving managers' task performance and affective adjustment in cross-cultural ventures. Important practical and theoretical benefits can be gained from integrating theoretical advances in cultural psychology into cross-cultural training.
Keywords: Culture, Diversity, Training, Protestant Relational Ideology, Emotion, Intercultural Relations
JEL Classification: M14
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