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BARRIERS IN MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF SLOVENIA AND BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Print E-mail

Ana Barić, Dejan Jelovac, Nuša Fain

Abstract

Companies that work in multicultural environments face several challenges in their everyday business life. In this article we focus on the communication aspect of working in multicultural business environments. We test the hypothesis that companies that work in multicultural environments are subject to communication barriers due to different cultural backgrounds of people that engage in these types of communication. We test the hypothesis through a case study of two companies, one from Bosnia and Herzegovina and one from Slovenia, that engage in mutual multicultural communication. Through an in-depth interview with the project manager who takes part in this communication every day and a survey with the employees, we identify and analyse the communication barriers that the employees perceive as relevant to their business processes. We overcome these barriers through the application of the fruitful intercultural business communication model. The main contribution of this work lies in demonstrating the applicability of this model to practical cases and the demonstration of the fact that cultural barriers can exist and inhibit successful business even in environments in close sociocultural and geographic proximity.

Keywords: intercultural communication, business culture, barriers, case study

Ana Barić is M.A. in Social Sciences; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Prof. Dr. Dejan Jelovac is a Full Professor of Organisational Sciences and Business Ethics at Faculty of Media and Catholic Institute - Faculty of Business Studies, Ljubljana; School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica; Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto; Slovenia; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Nuša Fain, University of Strathclyde, Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow, UK; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Cite this article:
Barić Ana, Jelovac Dejan, Fain Nuša. BARRIERS IN MULTICULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: AN EMPIRICAL STUDY OF SLOVENIA AND BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Innovative Issues and Approaches in Social Sciences, vol.6, no.3:18-37, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2013-no3-art02

Digital Object Identifier(DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.12959/issn.1855-0541.IIASS-2013-no3-art02

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