Mission and Practices

The International Association for Cross Cultural Competence and Management (IACCM) emerged in 1997 from a dedicated effort to give a chance to doctoral students and early career academics from all over Europe to catch up with best West-European and US standards in cultural competence and management research and competent application of cultural knowledge in national and international business and management contexts.

Initial and generous funding was provided by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Education for 12 workshops and a large multi-disciplinary conference in which about 200 young scholars from 25 countries and 15 disciplines participated during 1994-1996. Continued engagement of the international team, of representatives of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU-Wien) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe in Vienna (IDM), led to follow up grants for another six conferences sponsored by the European Commission within the framework of the INCO and TMR („Training and Mobility of Researchers“) Programmes of the European Union during 1997-2000.

Goals and Main Benefits of IACCM Activities

  1. Open gateways between different regions of Europe and the Mediterranean, which due to political reasons or geographical distance are separated from each other in the fields of business and management studies, with emphasis on (cross) cultural aspects: cross cultural business, cross cultural management, comparative cultural studies, comparative organizational behaviour, cross cultural linguistics and communication studies, and related areas of study.

  2. Open gateways between different fields of cross cultural studies and related fields, i.e. between cultural dimension studies (heavily focused on national level and based on a quantitative paradigm – the Hofstede paradigm) and studies in culturally determined patterns of behaviour (“Kulturstandards” in German terminology, rather based on a qualitative research paradigm).

  3. Rely on the mutual auxiliary function of the variety of disciplines which address cultural issues from different angles beyond management and organisation theories: industrial and organisational psychology, sociology, gender and diversity studies, linguistics, research into stereotyping, visual arts and artefact analysis, political science, among others. Explaning and understanding evolution(s) of culture(s) requires historical insights and methodological and attitudinal self-awareness.

  4. Open gateways between research at different levels of social systems, personality, teams, groups, organisations, nations and cross-national communities.

  5. Encourage research into similarities and differences within and between cultures and into cultural differentiations within social systems (organisations, professions, regions, strata of society, etc.).

  6. Provide access to the wider international community of scholars, students, researchers and consultants and contribute to the emergence of personal contacts between younger and established scholars, which may encourage younger scholars to carry on with their investigations even under adverse conditions.

  7. Make good publications possible, irrespective of the paradigms which are dominant in a certain field of management sciences and irrespective of the interests pursued by power-holders in specific countries.

Annual Conference

When IACCM was founded in 1997 the idea was to generate continuity beyond specific conference series financed, supported and administered by different institutions. Since in 1997 some funding was available for an ongoing series workshops and conferences, for a start members of IACCM envisaged to have a visible “IACCM conference” more or less every 2nd year, but due to sustained interest since 2007 the conference takes place every year in cooperation with different European universities in different European countries: so far in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland (http://www.wu.ac.at/iaccm/conferences).

CEMS/IACCM Doctoral Workshop (3ECTS)

In 2009, under the auspices of the chair of the CEMS Cross Cultural Management Faculty Group and the director of doctoral programmes of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU-Wien), the CEMS Cross Cultural Management Faculty Group joined forces with IACCM to organize the annual CEMS/IACCM Doctoral Workshop (3ECTS), which took place for the 8th time in Dublin at IACCM 2017.
The doctoral workshop adopted a design and principles developed through IACCM practices and also discussed within the CEMS Research & Doctoral Education (RDE) Committee:

  1. The effective workload for a student has to be 75 hours for a 3 ECTS doctoral workshop.

  2. Students should be obliged to focus on concise presentations of their intentions and findings.

  3. Students should get the chance to get advice by broad range of conference participants and advanced scholars in an open but also in a more private setting of a poster session as first steps to integrate into the scientific community.

  4. The sequence of student activities (total workload) might comprise: a) Preparation of a structured abstract to be submitted to the scientific committee, b) Preparation of a poster of max. four pages DIN A4 format. c) Presentation of poster at an open poster session. d) Brief (10 min.) verbal presentation (perhaps with PowerPoint support) at a workshop session and consequent 20 min. discussion with a CEMS professor (or comparable specialist) and open discussion with the audience. e) Visible attention 'and participation in a 2 ½ to 3 day conference.