Guo-Ming Chen

16Issues in the conceptualization of intercultural communication competence

Abstract: Scholars from different disciplines have produced a large amount of studies on the concept of intercultural communication competence (ICC) since its beginning a half century ago. While agreement on the basic nature of ICC has been reached among scholars, more new problems regarding the conceptualization, operationalization, and application of the concept continue to arise because of the impact of technological development and globalization trend. This chapter attempts to address these problems by focusing on the conceptual issues for the study of ICC. Six conceptual issues in the study of ICC are examined: 1. the meaning of ICC, 2. trait vs. state, ...

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