Cultural competence/global competence survey items (Bill Hunter)

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This sub-page includes survey items from Bill Hunter's PHD thesis: Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes, and Experiences Necessary to Become Globally Competent. Please have a look at the corresponding wiki article (Cultural competence)

  • Hunter, W. (2004). Knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences necessary to become globally competent. Unpublished dissertation, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, PDF

1 Excerpt of the introductory text

For the purpose of this study, the term "global competence" is defined as "having an open mind while actively seeking to understand cultural norms and expectations of others, and leveraging this gained knowledge to interact, communicate, and work effectively outside one's environment."

The "Neutral" rating indicates that you are indifferent to the statement, neither disagreeing nor agreeing with it.

2 Items

1. Rate the knowledge-focused statements in the following area in relation to them being necessary to become globally competent.
An understanding of cultural norms and expectations of others
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
An understanding of one's own cultural norms and expectations
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
An understanding of the concept of "globalization"
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
An understanding of the role of supranational entities
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Knowledge of current world events
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Knowledge of world history
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
2. Rate the skills in the following area in relation to them being necessary to become globally competent.
Speak English and at least one other language
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
To be linguistically and culturally competent in at least one language and culture other than one's own
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Successful participation on project-oriented academic or vocational experience with people from other cultures and traditions
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Computer capability (word processing, Internet, etc.)
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Ability to assess intercultural performance in social or business settings
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Ability to live outside one's own culture
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Ability to collaborate across cultures
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Ability to identify cultural differences in order to compete globally
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Effective participation in social and business settings anywhere in the world
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
3. Rate the attitudes in the following area in relation to them being necessary to become globally competent.
Recognition that one's own world view is not universal
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Willingness to step outside of one's own culture and experience life as "the other" Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
A non-judgmental reaction to cultural difference
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Willingness to take risks in pursuit of cross-cultural learning and personal development
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Openness to new experiences, including those that could be emotionally challenging
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Coping with different cultures and attitudes
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Celebrating diversity
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
4. Rate the experiences in the following area in relation to them being necessary to become globally competent.
It is important to have experienced culture shock in order to become globally competent
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Regular interaction with at least one foreign business culture
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Speak another language more than 25% of the time
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Knowledge and experience gained from multiple short-term trips abroad to a variety of countries
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Knowledge and experience gained from a single, long-term experience abroad (6 months or longer)
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
Earning a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
Strongly Agree Agree Neutral Disagree Strongly Disagree
5. What other knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences should someone possess in order to be considered globally competent?
6. How many people do you supervise?
7. Are you located in the United States? If so, what region of the country (ex. NE, SW)?