Communication and PR from a Cross-Cultural Standpoint

Practical and Methodological Issues

by Valérie Carayol (Volume editor) Alex Frame (Volume editor)
©2012 Conference proceedings 150 Pages


How should we approach cultural diversity in the workplace? Multinational corporations, transnational project teams and glocalised production and distribution processes raise challenging issues for communication and PR professionals. The complex nature of these communication processes often shows that existing models of cross-cultural or intercultural communication are inadequate to allow researchers or professionals get to grips with the complexity of the interactions encountered.
This book aims to pinpoint and address the apparent limits of many traditional intercultural communication research methods when they are applied to real situations in today’s hybrid and cosmopolitan global organisations. Written by distinguished scholars from around the world, the chapters challenge traditional ways of thinking and established academic categorisations. The chapters are structured around three main lines of questioning: how can we approach multicultural teambuilding situations where culture is a multi-faceted and multi-level dynamic construct linked to identity and experience, rather than ‘simply’ a question of national habitus; how can we study emerging concepts, categories and practices in such situations using culturally sensitive qualitative research methods; and how can we approach the field of PR from very different cultural standpoints?


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (August)
developing qualitative research methods in intercultural communication studies cultural approach to PR Dealing with cultural diversity in teams or workgroups
Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 152 pp.

Biographical notes

Valérie Carayol (Volume editor) Alex Frame (Volume editor)

Valérie Carayol is professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Bordeaux University (France). She is the director of MICA, a research group dedicated to communication and the arts, and editor of the French journal Communication & Organisation, founded in 1992, which is a cross-disciplinary publication that disseminates research on organizational communication Frenchspeaking communities. Alex Frame is a senior lecturer in English and communication science at the University of Burgundy, Dijon. He graduated from the University of Oxford in 1998, before completing his PhD at the University of Burgundy in 2008. He is a member of the research group Texte, Image, Langage and specialises in intercultural communication.


Title: Communication and PR from a Cross-Cultural Standpoint