Course: COM 425 Communication in Organizations
Topic: Cultural diversity and communication barriers
Instructor's name: Robert Lindquist
Date submitted 29 September 2010.
Cultural diversity is the power which motivates the development of the thing that makes us different. Cultural diversity is the economic growth, which means leading a more fulfilling emotional, moral and spiritual life. It captures the culture principles, which provide a sturdy basis for the promotion of cultural diversity. Cultural diversity is an asset that is necessary for poverty reduction and the achievement of sustainable development. Cultural diversity, communication and barriers to effective communication works hand in hand. Barriers of effective communication can sometimes be simple or complicated. Effective communication on the other hand is simply a matter of listening courteously, in the way we would like others to listen to us. On the other hand, we each have our own plans, which hinder our ability to fully listen to someone with conflicting rationales. Can cultural diversity and communication lead to barriers to effective communication? Effective communication in the workplace can be in an inferior position by certain barriers, including the closed office door or mistrust between people. In this paper I will look at the how does cultural diversity affected communication, what are the barriers to effective communication and can cultural diversity affect barriers to effective communication? How cultural diversity does affected communication, it affects communication by changing the way; different cultures interact in a conversation. Diversity can be the result of different types of communication, making understanding each other challenging. Cultural diversity is about learning and understanding the things that make us different and finding a way to communicate without conflict. According Michelle Lebaron, “Communication Tools for Understanding Culture The tools we will examine here relate to communication and ways of seeing the self in relation to others. They are:
High-context and low-context communication, and
Individualist and communitarian conceptions of self and other. Since all of these tools are used in the service of understanding culture, a working definition of culture is useful. Donal Carbaugh defines culture as "a system of expressive practices fraught with feelings, a system of symbols, premises, rules, forms, and the domains and dimensions of mutual meanings associated with these." He also suggests culture is "a learned set of shared interpretations about beliefs, values, and norms, which affect the behaviors of a relatively large group of people." In each of these definitions, culture is linked to communication and a wide range of human experience including feelings, identity, and meaning-making. Communication is the vehicle by which meanings are conveyed, identity is composed and reinforced, and feelings are expressed. As we communicate using different cultural habits and meaning systems, both conflict and harmony are possible outcomes of any interaction.” (http://www.beyondintractability.org/essay/communication_tools/) What are the barriers to effective communication, the first thing we should do to understand the communication process. We have to try to identify which barrier is affecting our ability to communicate. The person sending the message has to transmit the message clearly. Whenever the receiver, receives the message they must be able to acquire the meaning from it to provide a feedback. There are several barriers of effective communication. There are many ways that barriers are significance to diversity, it can be use to explain problems that occur between men and women of different culture, ages, race, ethic group and moral values. Barrier One: is the idea and Beliefs that encourage wrong Information and the misunderstanding between perceptions of one’s behavior and the way you actual...
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