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Jason Brunner, Ph.D.

Advisor:

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.

 

Education:

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