WHAT WE STAND FOR, WHY WE STAND OUT
State-of-the-art training and coaching
Cutting-edge theoretical insights
Rich practical information geared to individual circumstances
International team of expert trainers
Unrivalled global network of country specialists
Seamless blend of face-to-face and online learning
In a globalizing world, employees increasingly have to deal with cultural differences. At KIT Intercultural Professionals, we are devoted to raise awareness, increase understanding, and boost collaboration and effectiveness of individuals and international teams. By learning about other world views and traditions, differences and common grounds, both from the cultural as from individual point of view. Our trainings (can) include two models:
TOPOI, Edwin Hoffman
The TOPOI-model of Edwin Hoffman has proven to be a useful instrument as a communication model in the international arena. The model is an instrument to detect and anticipate to cross-cultural similarities and differences, and (mis)communications in intercultural communication.
Based on the analysis of 5 areas where differences in the culture of communication and misunderstandings may occur, namely Tongue, Order, Person, Organisation, and Intentions, the model provides a practical analysis and intervention framework for intercultural communication. It provides a broad view and a reflection framework on individual level, away from the risk of an essentialist approach in which cultural traits are put in the foreground, and without the prior need to have knowledge on cultural characteristics of the people you interact with. TOPOI emphasizes communication instead of culture perse, and offers various interventions and strategies for resolving miscommunication in conflict in intercultural situations.
- Hoffman, E. Interculturele gespreksvoering, theorie en praktijk van het topoi-model.
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