Suggested Reading and Bibliography on Intercultural Communication

The first multi-day seminar on intercultural communication was held for students of business administration at the RWTH's (Aachen University's) Institute of International Management in the period of Dec.10, 2003 to Jan. 19, 2004. At the invitation of Prof. Michael Woywode, the intensive practice-oriented two-day seminar with three additional workshop evenings was designed to follow up an introductory lecture given by the trainers Alexia and Stephan Petersen at the end of the summer semester 2003.

The feedback from the students and Prof. Woywode was extremely positive, particularly with respect to the very practice-oriented approach to translating cultural knowledge into useable skills. Since then both the introductory lecture and the seminar are repeated on an annual basis.

Another frequent request we receive from students is for a reading list. A list of recommended readings with selected individual book reviews is already available on our web site, which provides a more general introduction to key intercultural communication issues and applications.

We have now, however, completed a more comprehensive reading list and bibliography. The titles, which we have all read and consulted frequently ourselves in the course of our activities, are listed alphabetically within four sub-categories: "General reading and background"; "Applications - Intercultural communication issues in international management"; "Applications - Intercultural communication issues for international negotiation"; and "Culture-specific readings". Especially in the list of culture-specific readings, we have attempted to provide coverage of as wide a range of cultural regions as possible. It should be noted of course that the level of written English in this reading list varies, though great attention has been taken to select texts of relatively easy readability. As this list is considerably longer, it does not contain individual reviews.

As the amount of published literature on intercultural communication is tremendous, we will of course continue adding to this list, which will soon be published on our web site. Our aim is always to provide students of the topic with a list that is as comprehensive as it is useable. Keep in mind that the key to accessing and benefiting from the wealth of information on intercultural communication, however, is to approach it with a functional framework that translates the knowledge on paper into a useable tool in the hand.

Suggested Reading and Bibliography on Intercultural Communication

The titles marked with an asterisk (*) were added for the most recent update (August 2006) of the list.

Further Reading: Background and Applications

Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Selected Readings, edited by Milton J. Bennett, Intercultural Press, 1998,ISBN 1-877864-62-5
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Bridging the Cultural Gap: A Practical Guide to International Business Communication, Penny Carté and Chris J. Fox, Kogan Page, 2004, ISBN 07494-4170-4

Communicating with Strangers: An Approach to Intercultural Communication, Second Edition, William B. Gudykunst and Young Yun Kim, McGraw-Hill, 1992, ISBN 0-07-034602-X

Intercultural Business Communication, Second Edition, Lillian H. Chaney and Jeanette S. Martin, Prentice Hall, 2000, ISBN 0-13-013700-6
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Intercultural Communication: A Reader, Ninth Edition, Larry A. Samovar and Richard E. Porter, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000, ISBN 0-534-56241-8

Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace, 2nd Edition, Linda Beamer and Iris Varner, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2000, ISBN 0-072-39690-3

Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide, Second Edition, Kenneth Cushner and Richard W. Brislin, Sage Publications, 1996, ISBN 0-8039-5991-5
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Readings in Cultural Contexts, Judith N. Martin, Thomas K. Nakayama, Lisa A. Flores, Mayfield Publishing, 1997, ISBN 0-7674-0061-5

Applications: Intercultural communication issues in international management

Developing the Global Organization: Strategies for Human Resource Professionals, Robert T. Moran, Philip R. Harris and William G. Stripp, Gulf Publishing Company, 1993, ISBN 0-88415-071-2

International Management Behaviour: From Policy to Practice, Henry W. Lane and Joseph J. DiStefano, Nelson Canada, 1988, ISBN 0-17-603408-0

International Management: Cross-Cultural Dimensions, Second Edition, Richard Mead, Blackwell Publishers, 1998, ISBN 0-631-20003-7

Management of a Multicultural Workforce, Monir H. Tayeb, John Wiley & Sons, 1996, ISBN 0-471-96276-7

Managing Cultural Differences, Volume 1, Robert T. Moran and Philip R. Harris, Gulf Publishing Company, 4th edition, 1996, ISBN 0-88415-465-3

Managing Cultural Diversity in Technical Professions (Managing Cultural Difference Series), Butterworth-Heinemann, Lionel Laroche, 2003, ISBN 0-7506-7581-0

Managing Cultural Synergy, Volume 2, Robert T. Moran and Philip R. Harris, Gulf Publishing Company, 1981, ISBN 0-87201-827-X

Managing People Across Cultures, Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner, Capstone Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1-84112-472-9

Multicultural Management: New Skills for Global Success, Farid Elashmawi and Philip R. Harris, Gulf Publishing Company, 1993, ISBN 0-8841-5042-9

Navigating Cross-Cultural Ethics: What Global Managers Do Right to Keep from Going Wrong, Eileen Morgan, Butterworth Heinemann Publishing, 1998, ISBN 0-7506-9915-9

Readings and Cases in International Management: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, David C. Thomas, Sage Publishing, 2003, ISBN 0-7619-2637-2

Readings and Cases in International Human Resource Management, Third Edition, Mark E. Mendenhall and Gary R. Oddou, South-Western College Publishing, 1999, ISBN 0-324-00634-9

Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Diversity in Global Business, Fons Trompenaars, The Economist Books. 1994, ISBN 0-7863-0290-9

When Cultures Collide: Managing Successfully Across Cultures, Richard D. Lewis, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2005, ISBN 1-9048-3802-2
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Applications: Intercultural communication issues for international negotiation

International Negotiation: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, Glen Fisher, Intercultural Press, 1980, ISBN 0-933662-24-6

Negotiating Across Cultures: Communication Obstacles in International Diplomacy, Raymond Cohen, United States Institute of Peace Press, 1991, ISBN 1-878379-08-9

Negotiating for International Development: A Practitioner's Handbook, Russell B. Sunshine, Springer, 1990, ISBN 0-792306-36-8

Successful International Business Negotiations: Strategies that Work in Today's Multicultural Business Arena, Robert T. Moran and William G. Stripp, Gulf Publishing Company, 1991, ISBN 0-87201-196-8

The Global Negotiator: Building Strong Business Relationships Anywhere in the World, Trenholme J. Griffin and W. Russell Daggatt, Harper Business, 1990, ISBN 0-88730-526-1

Culture-specific readings

American Cultural Patterns: A Cross Cultural Perspective, Edward C. Stewart and Milton J. Bennett, Intercultural Press, 1991, ISBN 1-8778-6401-3

Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French, Gilles Asselin and Ruth Maston, Intercultural Press, 2001, ISBN 1-877864-82-X

Communication Styles in Two Different Cultures: Korean and American, 2nd edition, Myung-Seok Park, Han Shin Publishing Co., 1994, ISBN 8-9348-0358-4

Dictionary of China's Cultural Code Words, Boyé Lafayette De Menthe, NTC Publishing Group, 1996, ISBN 0-8442-8480-7

Dictionary of Japan's Cultural Code Words, Boyé Lafayette De Menthe, NTC Publishing Group, 1994, ISBN 0-8442-8315-0

Dictionary of Korea's Business and Cultural Code Words, Boyé Lafayette De Menthe, NTC Publishing Group, 1998, ISBN 0-8442-8362-2
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(*) Doing Business Internationally: The Guide to Cross-Cultural Success, Danielle Medina Walker, Thomas Walker and Joerg Schmitz, McGraw-Hill, 2002, ISBN 0-0713-7832-4

Encountering the Chinese, Second Edition, Hu Wenzhong and Cornelius Lee Grove, Intercultural Press, 1998, ISBN 1-877864-58-7

Finland: Cultural Lone Wolf, Richard D. Lewis, Intercultural Press, 2004, ISBN 1-931930-18-X

From Da to Yes: Understanding Eastern Europeans, Yale Richmond, Intercultural Press, 1995, ISBN 1-877864-30-7

Germany: Unravelling an Enigma, Greg Nees, Intercultural Press, 2000, ISBN1-877864-75-7

Good Neighbours: Communicating with the Mexicans, John C. Condon, Intercultural Press, 1997, ISBN 1-877864-53-6

Into Africa: Intercultural Insights, Yale Richmond and Phyllis Gestrin, Intercultural Press,1998, ISBN 1-877864-57-9
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Korean Etiquette and Ethics in Business: A Penetrating Analysis of the Morals and Values that Shape Korean Business Personality, Boyé Lafayette De Menthe, NTC Publishing Group, 1994, ISBN 08442-8523-4

Lanterns on the River: Essays on Life and Culture in Contemporary South Korea, Diane M. Hoffman, Lexington Books, 1999, ISBN 0-7391-0074-2
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Learning to Think Korean, L. Robert Kohls, Intercultural Press, 2001, ISBN 1-877864-87-0
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Mexicans and Americans: Cracking the Cultural Code, Ned Crouch, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2004, ISBN 185788-342-X

Mind your Manners: Managing Business Cultures in Europe, John Mole, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 1995, ISBN 1-85788-085- 4

(*) Modern-Day Vikings: A Practical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes, Christina Johansson Robinowitz and Lisa Werner Carr, Intercultural Press, 2001, ISBN 1-877864-88-9

Multinationals in India: Managing the Interface of Cultures, Jai B. P. Sinha, Sage Publications, 2004, ISBN 0-7619-3205-4

Old World, New World: Bridging Cultural Differences (Britain, France, Germany and the U.S.) , Craig Storti, Intercultural Press, 2001, ISBN 1-877864-86-2
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Turning Bricks into Jade: Critical Incidents for Mutual Understanding among Chinese and Americans, Mary M. Wang, Richard W. Brislin, (et al.), Intercultural Press, 2000, ISBN 1-877864-81-1

Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Westerners, Margaret K (Omar) Nye, Intercultural Press, 1996, ISBN 1-877864-46-3

Understanding Cultural Differences: Germans, French and Americans, Edward T. Hall and Mildred Reed Hall, Intercultural Press, 1990, ISBN 1-877864-07-2
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Understanding Spanish-Speaking South Americans: Bridging Hemispheres, Skye Stephenson, Intercultural Press, 2003, ISBN 1-877864-91-9

(*) Vietnam Today: A Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads, Mark A. Ashwill with Thai Ngoc Diep, Intercultural Press, 2004, ISBN 1-931930-09-0

(*) What's This India Business? Offshoring, Outsourcing, and the Global Services Revolution, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2004, ISBN 1-904838-00-6

With Respect to the Japanese: A Guide for Americans, John C. Condon, Intercultural Press, 1983, ISBN 0-933662-49-1

Working Across Cultures, John Hooker, Stanford University Press, 2003, ISBN 0-8047-4807-1

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