Cross-cultural competency is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures. Image Source, accessed April 20, 2011
The relevance and influence of cultures serves as the background for developing techniques to bridge cultural divides. Cross-cultural competency is the term most commonly used to identify this skill set. Other synonyms include cultural competence, inter-cultural competency, cultural expertise and cultural literacy.1
The U.S. Army Research Institute defines cross-cultural competency as "A set of cognitive, behavioral, and affective/motivational components that enable individuals to adapt effectively in intercultural environments."2 Put more simply, cross-cultural competency is the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures.
Cross-cultural competency is a skill recognized as important not only for individual relationships, but also for corporate success in the realms of education, science, health, economic development and political relations.
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