Intercultural communication

Intercultural communication

The ability to navigate international settings is increasingly important in our globalised world. We are interested in how different languages and organizational, professional and national cultures influence interactions in a variety of private, public and professional arenas.

Current research topics include:   
  • International and multilingual corporate communication 
  • Language use in international organisations and in multilingual workplaces
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in organisations 
  • Global leadership and management 
  • International teamwork 
  • Dimensions of politeness across cultures  
  • Critical approaches to teaching intercultural communication 
Our research draws on the fields of linguistics, international business, and cross-cultural management using mostly qualitative data and methods.

Ongoing research projects

  • LANGUAGE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

    LANGUAGE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

    The Language Management project focuses on the challenges posed by the dramatic increase in the number of linguistically diverse organisations, where one of the most common strategies is to adopt English as the functional language for organisational communicative purposes.

    Another aspect is the use of the local language in this function, exemplified by the use of Norwegian in multinational organisations located in Norway. The concept of sensemaking is used to describe how members of an organisation interpret their environment and try to reduce equivocality by creating a shared understanding of experienced situations.

    This project is part of NHH's research programme Future-Oriented Corporate Solutions (FOCUS), and addresses questions concerning how language issues affect international knowledge workers working in Norway.

    FOCUS

  • GLAD - Global Anglicism Database Network

    GLAD - Global Anglicism Database Network

    GLAD - Global Anglicism Database Network aims to share and compare strategies and resources for fostering cooperation among scholars interested in linguistic and cultural Anglicization involving the widest possible range of speech communities world-wide. Among its specific objectives are producing an online global database of Anglicisms and investigating theoretical issues related to language contact with English and related phenomena.

    Glad Network

  • DIGITAL COLLABORATION PLATFORMS AS LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN MULTILINGUAL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES

    DIGITAL COLLABORATION PLATFORMS AS LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN MULTILINGUAL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES

    DIGITAL COLLABORATION PLATFORMS AS LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN MULTILINGUAL BUSINESS COMMUNITIES

    This conversation analytic research project investigates linguistic and multimodal practices acquired and developed on a digital platform at a multinational IT company, where English is used as a lingua franca. The project provides novel insights into how contemporary multilingual workforce juggles between multiple parallel tasks and online communication channels while acquiring, using and adapting linguistic, discursive and multimodal practices. The project answers a call for a more holistic research approach that takes multilingualism into consideration in second language acquisition studies, while engaging with the entirety of semiotic forms which contribute to meaning-making.