CulturalSavvy.com is a training and consulting website that describes not only;the cultural and diversity training resources of the company, but also offers; many different type of multicultural resources and tips. The site is divided;into 13 segments: (1) Homepage; (2) Culture; (3) Consulting; (4) Training; (5)Articles; Interview; (6) About us; (7) Whats new; (8) News & Media; (9) Tips & Information; (10) Resources; (11) The Book Shelf; (12) Join Us; and (13) Contact Us. Although practitioner oriented, the site contains many useful;segments for students, including cultural lessons, hot links, tips for traveling;overseas, mini-lessons on several different countries, and an overview of the;need for cultural training (e.g., inadequate training can lead to misinformed;views, or stereotyping and failed overseas assignments). Examples of stereotypes are included.
Type of Material:
This is a collection.
The recommended uses seem to be as materials for on-site training and consulting situations in which employees need to quickly acquire cross-cultural understanding related competencies. This collection can be used as supplementary material for students. This collection can be used as supplementary material for students.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
To develop more sensitivity and understanding to cross-cultural differences. To develop competencies in dealing with cross cultural issues in management.
Target Student Population:
This module would be appropriate for an introductory class in diversity, ; multicultural studies, or International Human Resource Management. The claimed target student population for this material is employees who must be able to apply new learning in the performance of their assignments, when cross-cultural issues become important to their productivity or the effectiveness of the organization.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The author states that for cross-cultural training to be effective it must deal with several complexities in the learning process. Prerequisite skills are 1. The ability to observe and 2. The ability to make the appropriate behavioral adjustments. Appropriate for introductory to advanced business and liberal arts students.
Strengths:Language is clear and concise. Convincingly makes the case for cross-cultural training by identifying needs for these training & consulting services. Provides clear description of program goals & supporting objectives. CulturalSavvy.com provides a plethora of cultural tidbits, in the form of etiquette, useful expressions, dos and donts, origin of and tips for working; effectively with different cultures.Several workshops e.g., China, Korea, Japan, India, and the U.S. provide;helpful information for those anticipating overseas travel, or those who wish to; gain a better understanding of other cultures. Doing business in and;Working effectively with for different cultures are unique features.Relevant articles, book reviews, profiles, and interviews are included.CulturalSavvy is complete in scope, covering cultures from many different; aspects, using a variety of presentation techniques. Up-to-date Tips and Information are provided;Contains many hotlinks to outside sources.
This is a consultancy site. Much of this information is available in an academic textbook, and covered in a more thorough manner.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
CulturalSavvy is effective at demonstrating potential cultural minefields which should be avoided, along with the appropriate ways of behaving in other cultures.Presents indepth resources for the cultures presented. Provides interesting stories and real world examples for each cultural presentation.
Since this is consultant site, its use in the classroom would require some specific instructions for students.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
CulturalSavvy is organized by function, and is extremely easy to navigate. Several of the features are crossed-referenced, making it easy to find and learn about related materials. Hotlinks are used throughout the site, which makes it streamlined, efficient, and uncluttered. Interesting and effective graphics and pictures are used.
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