La communication interculturelle au sein d’équipes franco-allemandes

Abstract : When individuals from different cultural backgrounds work together, like in French-German collaborations, the underlying concepts of words like equality (égalité/Gleichheit), authority (autorité/Autorität), team (équipe/Team) or cooperation (coopération/Kooperation) may cause some dissonance. The deeper sense behind a term or expression in one culture or the other is influencing the individuals’ behaviour, attitudes and interactions within a group. A lack of awareness about the different understandings of specific terms and concepts, can potentially lead to deteriorating working relationships over time. In our analysis we are looking at the sense and the underlying ideas of the term liberté/Freiheit (freedom) in a German and French context. We are trying to shed some light on how different interpretations of liberté/Freiheit are impacting day-to-day interactions in a working environment. How and to which degree are typical situations like for example decision-making processes reflect the abstract notion of freedom in each of the two cultures? What sense does my counterpart give to different kinds of behaviour and procedures accordingly? Why do specific courses of conduct generate some discomfort or even rejection amongst individuals from the other side of the Rhine river? Could we potentially identify a common Franco-German logic that respects the sense of freedom of individuals from both cultures? We are suggesting here an alternative approach on how to interpret procedures and working modes in a different cultural context for a smoother intercultural collaboration.
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Pierre-Robert Cloet, Kerstin Martel. La communication interculturelle au sein d’équipes franco-allemandes. Allemagne recto-verso : Portrait d'un voisin méconnu, Oct 2013, Clermont-Ferrand, France. ⟨hal-01248045⟩

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