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The role of communication competencies in international business relationship development

  • Griffith, David A.
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    Effective communication between international business partners is critical for global success. Underlying national and organizational cultural differences in international business relationships creates hurdles to effective communication, hindering performance. To assist managers in understanding this issue, a model of communication effectiveness for international relationship development, derived from industry examples, theory, and a dataset consisting of 123 qualitative interviews conducted with American, Canadian, Chinese, and Japanese managers is presented. Further, in order to assist managers in the task of developing more effective communications, a six-step process aimed in directing managerial action is presented. By proactively managing its communications, a firm can develop stronger international business relationships facilitating the rapid response to market opportunities and challenges.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of World Business.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 4 (January)
    Pages: 256-265

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:worbus:v:37:y:2002:i:4:p:256-265
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