COMMUNICATION, COOPERATION, AND NEGOTIATION IN CULTURALLY HETEROGENEOUS GROUPS
ILLINOIS UIV AT URBANA GROUP EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH LAB
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The project seeks to identify culturally critical concepts and behaviors which are likely to affect interpersonal relations and task performance in culturally heterogeneous groups. Subproject I Triandis developed three techniques for identifying cultural differences in interpersonal behaviors Role differential, behavioral differential, and semantic feature analysis. The techniques measure the ways individuals from different cultures perceive and interpret interpersonal behaviors. Subproject II Stolurow developed a programmed self-instructional training system the Culture Assimilator, which has been utilized successfully in a number of laboratory and field investigations. Subproject III Fiedler continued work on a theory of leadership effectiveness the Contingency Model, a theory which aids in the prediction of group and organizational performance and which provides a rationale for modifying the group structure, the task, and group composition to increase performance in heterocultural situations.