Cultural Intelligence versus Organizational Culture: Relationship between Hungarian Students’ Cultural Intelligence and the Organizational Culture of their Prospective Workplaces

By Ágnes Balogh, Lajos Szabó and Zoltán Gaál.

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The present research investigates one of the most influential competences in the 21st century, Cultural Intelligence (CQ). In our empirical research, we examined the cultural intelligence of full-time university students in Hungary and the organizational culture of several hundred companies. While we have found a correlation between the cultural intelligence of university students and the organizational culture of their future workplaces, it must be emphasized that the differences between the actual organizational culture and the desired one pose great challenges for higher education.
The paper places cultural intelligence as the “fourth Q”, in a theoretical framework, and provides an overview of its most important components. The study highlights situations where these components play a crucial role, gives a brief survey of the ways cultural intelligence can be improved, and also details the methodology to measure CQ.

Keywords: Cultural Intelligence, Hungarian University Student, Organizational Culture, Four Factor CQ Model, CQS, OCAI, Cameron and Quinn

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.223-236. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.829MB).

Dr. Ágnes Balogh

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Veszprém, Hungary

Agnes Balogh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management at the University of Pannonia, teaching business communication, human resources management and holding job socialisation trainings at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her current research interests include cultural intelligence and the human management side of organisational and change management. She is an active member of the Communications Subcommittee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She recently presented her research findings on the effects of early socialisation on students’ scholastic performance at the World Knowledge Management Conference. Recently she co-authored an article, Knowledge Management and Competitiveness through a Cultural Lens, in The Capital of Intelligence-the Intelligence of Capital. In addition to her academic activities, she also runs communication and conflict resolution trainings for corporate clients on a regular basis.

Dr. Lajos Szabó

Head of Department, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Veszprém, Hungary

Prof. Zoltán Gaál

Professor, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Veszprém, Hungary


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