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Department of Psychological Sciences

Jason Brunner, Ph.D.


Dr. Patrick Knight

Dissertation Title:

Relationship building in a cross-cultural setting: The importance of intercultural competence.

Dissertation Abstract:

The current study uses structural equation modeling to simultaneously test the relationships between cultural knowledge, rapport building, and counterpart receptiveness in a cross-cultural setting using military-advisors. Five-hundred-eighty-three Army soldiers and Marines deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan as advisors to host-national soldiers were asked to complete a questionnaire about their job-tasks. Results indicate that advisors who use cultural knowledge are more effective building relationships, and as a result have counterparts who are more receptive to their advice. Limitations and implications of the model are discussed, as well as potential directions for future research.



Ph.D., Psychology, Kansas State University,  2010