COMMUNICATION, COOPERATION, AND NEGOTIATION IN CULTURALLY HETEROGENEOUS GROUPS
ILLINOIS UIV AT URBANA GROUP EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH LAB
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In the last quarter increasing emphasis was placed on the theoretical problems arising from the construction of Culture Assimilators. A number of issues have become crystalized What kinds of cultural data are maximally effective in Culture Assimilators. Should Assimilators emphasize cultural similarities or differences. What is the optimal format of a Culture Assimilator. What is the optimal balance between Culture Assimilator episodes of various kinds. While analysis of a number of attitude change studies is still in progress, planning of studies designed to answer some of these new questions is currently under way. A second line of research dealt with the effect of cooperation and collaboration on task performance and interpersonal relations. Particular emphasis was on the constraints which the task structure imposes and the effects of certain methods of organizing groups. Since almost all intercultural encounters of concern take place in a work context, these problems closely impinge upon strategies for training and leadership.
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