2023-06-26

Book Launch Event: Relational View on Cultural Complexity

A transcultural learning journeybased on an international and interdisciplinary Delphi study

“The new book “A Relational View on Cultural Complexity - Implications for Theory and Practice” is a manifestation of a learning journey that has been underway for a couple of years now, gathering people from different backgrounds around discussions on the implications of a relational view on cultural complexity. This started with the idea of conducting a Delphi study to look at concepts and determinants of transcultural competence. This project was made possible by Zeppelin University’s Leadership Excellence Institute, where a theory of Relational Economics is being developed under the lead of Josef Wieland. In this context, the research group on transcultural competence with Josef Wieland as well as Julika Baumann Montecinos working as a research associate and Tobias Grünfelder and Jessica Geraldo Schwengber as doctoral students was established in 2019 to conduct various projects, one of them being the Delphi study. With 50 experts participating in the Delphi study, the results have since driven our work and exciting academic and practical debates, including in this book, showing us that we asked relevant questions at the time.


Based on the initial findings of the study, published in 2022 under the title “What if we focus on developing commonalities? Results of an international and interdisciplinary Delphi study on transcultural competence” in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, we have now invited the members of the Delphi group to link the common findings back to their own work.


Taking the findings and discussion further in a joint publication


It is against this backdrop that this new book aims to take the results of the Delphi study further and offers the authors the opportunity to elaborate on those findings from their particular perspectives. All contributions to this book involve experts from the Delphi study group and take the findings as a common reference point. This represents our intention, as editors and initiators of the Delphi project, to provide a space for further theoretical and practical reflection and interpretation of its results.” [1]


The book and the entire experience highlight two things:

First, the potential of a relational view to analyse concepts such as culture, competence, cooperation, and leadership. And second, what happens when we apply the relational approach to our research process itself, connecting people in such a group to create meaning together.


Online Book Publication Event on the 3rd of July


To celebrate our shared learning journey and its great outcome with interested people, we are delighted to invite you to our online book publication event on the 3rd of July (18:30 pm, CET). Some of the authors will share their insights and learnings with us, and we will have the opportunity to discuss this further.


Please use this link to register for the event.


Thanks to the authors for being part of this journey

The book was edited by Julika Baumann Montecinos, Tobias Grünfelder, and Josef Wieland, and published by Springer Nature Group. Our thanks go to all the authors: Sabine Aydt, Rigoberto Banguero Velasco, Milton J. Bennett, Nadine Binder, Oscar Blanco, Blerina Buzhala, Michelle Cummings-Koether, Darla K. Deardorff, Willem Fourie, Valerie Gruber, Nikola Hale, Gert Jan Hofstede, Jana Hollá, Eithne Knappitsch, Yih-Teen Lee, Angelica V. Marte, Rafael Mollenhauer, Kirsten Nazarkiewicz, Gilbert Shang Ndi, Shawn Quinn, Sonja Sackmann, Yolande Steenkamp, Hartmut Stiffel, Fons Trompenaars, Uwe Ulrich, Josef Wieland, Peter Woolliams and Werner Zips.


Here is the link to the book.


We look forward to seeing you and welcome you to join our transcultural learning journey.


[1] Quoted from the preface of the book “A Relational View on Cultural Complexity” by Julika Baumann Montecinos, Tobias Grünfelder and Josef Wieland (Eds.), 2023, Springer.

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