Jason Brunner, Ph.D. (2010)

Major Professor:

Dr. Patrick Knight

Title and Institution:

Director, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, College For Financial Planning, Greenwood Village, CO.


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


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.