Assessment and Insight
Thorough needs assessment guarantees that Cultural Acumen programs will meet precise client requirements. In addition to comprehensive needs assessment questionnaires that are completed by participants prior to a training program or delivery of a service, we examine the following using our Prescriptor Methodology, which also can be used in conjunction with an Assessment Centre:
- Situational factors pertinent to the assignment, including cultural toughness, communication toughness and job toughness
- Cultural sensitivity and adaptability
- Differences between personal and cultural values
- Family factors
- Part and parcel of training program design is our recommendation on the rigour, duration, methods and content of development activities, based on our professional judgement and with reference to a range of consulting tools.
Cultural Acumen is licensed to administer and interpret the following intercultural competence and insight tools:
Global Competencies Inventory (GCI)
The GCI assesses personal qualities associated with effectiveness in intercultural situations and the individual’s core capacity for intercultural adjustment in three area, including how an individual mentally approaches cultural differences; their orientation toward developing and maintaining relationships with and awareness of, culturally different others; and the strength and clarity of their sense of self-identity and ability to effectively manage thoughts, emotions, and responses to stressful situations.
Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) V3
Designed to provide useful and valid information regarding respondents’ orientation toward cultural differences and their readiness for intercultural training and development. Used in conjunction with training, the IDI is a highly reliable, valid, cross-cultural measure of intercultural sensitivity applicable to a variety of groups of people from different cultural backgrounds.
The Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory
The Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory, developed by Dr Mitchell R. Hammer, is the premier assessment tool for identifying fundamental approaches for resolving conflict across cultural and ethnic differences. The ICS Inventory, based on Dr Hammer’s “four-quadrant intercultural conflict style model”, is a self-scoring, easy to use, statistically valid and reliable instrument that can be used for individual, group, and organisational level assessments.
Trompenaar’s Seven Dimensions of Culture and Corporate Culture Profiles
By means of a questionnaire developed by Dr Alfons Trompenaars, individuals receive their own cultural profile on each of seven dimensions of culture that then can be compared with the cultural profile of any other group or individual in an expanding database of over 50,000 managers.
Tucker Assessment Profile (TAP)
A self-response questionnaire that examines 13 attitudes and attributes correlated with successful cross-cultural adjustment and performance. Used together with a behavioural interview, the TAP provides essential input to the expatriate selection process and helps expatriates raise their awareness of a number of important adaptation issues.