The Importance of Belonging in Intercultural Communication: Society and Work Organizations
25 janvier 2020 @ 9 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min30€ à 50€
In this age of rapid globalization and change, sociopolitical debates rage about who belongs in countries undergoing demographic transformations. Such controversies span the globe—from Asia to the Americas to Europe. Who is “one of us,” and what kind of cultural adjustment can promote migrants’ acceptance in society and in their work organizations? Whether a migrant has changed their nationality to their new country, is a long-term foreign resident, or short-term expatriate, these questions are pertinent to how they experience their interpersonal relationships with locals and the extent that they are efficacious and satisfied in their work organizations.
In this one-day workshop, Adam Komisarof will share his latest research and facilitate discussions to address these issues from two perspectives: first, what are the social criteria that we use in accepting migrants (for example, immigrants who change nationalities, long-term foreign residents, and expatriates) in host societies? How do these criteria vary from country to country, and how are they utilized to either enhance acceptance or promote exclusion? Also, at the level of work organization, how can we better facilitate the sense of belonging among migrants of all kinds so that they feel empowered to maximize their professional skills in the workplace? Plenty of questions! But we will explore these together using Prof. Komisarof’s work as a launching pad for a day of thought-provoking, engaging discussion.
In the first half of the workshop, Dr. Komisarof will share his latest findings on social markers of acculturation in Japan, which are useful indicators of the skills (for example, language proficiency), attitudes, and adherence to behavioral norms that Japanese expect of migrants for them to be accepted in Japanese society. He will also compare his results for Japan to those in 5 other countries: Finland, Singapore, Australia, Germany, and Canada. Participants will discuss the markers which they feel are most relevant in their homelands, as well as the markers which they themselves value. In the process, participants will gain a keen understanding of how markers are used to decide who belongs, as well as how to make these gatekeeping processes more equitable.
In the second half of the workshop, Prof. Komisarof will introduce his research about belonging and its importance for businesspeople not only in terms of the quality of their intercultural relationships with colleagues, but also their sense of empowerment to actualize their professional expertise. Promoting belonging at work is critical, as acceptance from colleagues can have many benefits, including coworker unity, increased cooperation, organizational commitment, and improved productivity.
Dr. Komisarof has created a new framework which examines two dimensions of belonging, resulting in four “profiles” of membership in work organizations. Each profile differs in terms of its unique blend of quality of intercultural relationships with colleagues and actualization of professional skills. Dr. Komisarof will describe this framework and its applications in work organizations, including plenty of time for questions and group discussions to examine how we can make our work organizations more inclusive.
Dr. Adam Komisarof is a full professor at Keio University in Tokyo. As a bilingual intercultural trainer (Japanese and English) for over 20 years, he has performed workshops for large companies and governmental organizations in Europe, the United States, Japan, and Southeast Asia. During 2012-13, Dr. Komisarof spent a sabbatical at the University of Oxford, where he served as a Senior Associate Member of St. Antony’s College and conducted research as a Visiting Academic at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies. Prof. Komisarof’s first book, On the Front Lines of Forging a Global Society: Japanese and American Coworkers in Japan, earned him Reitaku University’s Excellence in Research Award. His lectures about his second book, At Home Abroad: The Contemporary Western Experience in Japan, were sponsored by the Harvard University Club of Japan, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, and the American Chamber of Commerce. His latest book is Crossing Boundaries and Weaving Intercultural Work, Life, and Scholarship in Globalizing Universities (Routledge, with Zhu Hua). Dr. Komisarof is a Fellow and President-Elect of the International Academy for Intercultural Research.