TEDxUW - Wendi Adair - Building a new cultural metaphor

08/01/2012 16:29:13

Cross cultural communication, negotiation, behavioral adaptation, inclusivity, conflict management -- to the ordinary ear these words may sound like a collection of banal seminar topics, but in the hands of Dr. Wendi Adair they transform into a window of opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the human psyche.

From teaching MBA students at Cornell University to consulting for non-profits and businesses in New York City and Chicago, Dr. Adair has made a career out of decoding the interplay between the human mind and its cultural environment in order to understand the complex rhythms and patterns of cross-cultural interactions.

Currently an Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Adair's research focuses on cross-cultural communication, negotiation, and teamwork. Some of her more famous work includes an investigation into the universality of negotiation theory, which has been largely developed in the West, to define the cultural norms and general context for negotiation strategies, sequences, and stages to be successful with multiple national cultures.

Her research on reciprocity in cross-cultural negotiations has received awards from both the American Psychological Association and the International Association for Conflict Management, and her research identifying the different paths that American and Japanese negotiators take to generate integrative solutions was recognized with an award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.



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Trexler Proffitt

Opening the window of opportunity is so refreshing.

15/05/2015
Joyce Li

Lets try seeing ourselves as impressionist brush strokes?

24/12/2014
C. E. Tapie Rohm

Excellent!!!

15/05/2013
asymmetric

The only real possibility to reach true multiculturalism is to adopt the only path known from history. This happened in the Mongol imperial system from 12th to 14th century - which was truly multiethnic ant multireligious. It was achieved by killing all foes, each one of them - and by securing the undisturbed life of the people, especially peasants and merchants by absolute military power.

02/04/2013
Sion Trevor

Personally i think it is quite ignorant to assume certain differences in people. Of course people all around the world have chit chat about the weather.

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