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The Importance of Intercultural Competence
The object of this thesis is to expound the significance of intercultural competence, to spell out problems stemming from a lack thereof and to cover the possible ways of dealing with them. To be interculturally competent, an expatriate needs to have specific traits of character. It is also vital to be aware of the problems that are likely to come up in an intercultural environment. The study was based on previous studies and research, including Hofstede‘s dimensions on culture shock, masculinity vs. femininity, power distance, avoidance of uncertainty and individualism vs. collectivism. Furthermore, the research included investigation of manifold cultural differences and intercultural efficiency. It was concluded that various problems may result from a lack of intercultural competence. For the purpose of getting an in-depth view of the most common problems and in pursuit of the best possible ways of dealing therewith, five former expatriates were interviewed on their previous overseas experience. The findings of the study are based on personal experiences of the interviewees and suggest future expatriates the best course of action to avoid strain and to cope with any unwelcome situations.