Intercultural Conflict Styles
All of us who function in intercultural contexts soon come to realize that approaches for handling conflict differ greatly across cultures. Whatever inspires the conflict, the process we use for resolving it frequently seems to make it even more uncomfortable. For instance, while some cultures prefer the direct style, we may be surprised that others consider this offensive and counter-productive.
Many of us are familiar with how to resolve conflict in our own culture, but we rarely have the opportunity to explore styles of conflict used across cultures. In this workshop, we will identify our own conflict style preferences and learn how cultural differences in styles can intensify conflicts. We will discuss how understanding conflict styles can be used to minimize conflict and suggest effective approaches to not only recognizing these differences, but also bridging the gap.
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