Air between the Cymbals: The Examination of Hungarian Undergraduates’ Cultural Intelligence

By Ágnes Balogh, Eszter Bogdány, Tibor Csizmadia and Lajos Szabó.

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Cultural intelligence is particularly important for people who carry out their tasks in a multicultural environment, among people whose cultures are different, who have a different religious background, or grew up in a different region of the country. Cultural intelligence is a capability of utmost importance that enhances the efficiency of an employee, manager, and the organisation, and at the same time it also improves interpersonal interaction. Cultural intelligence is an independent ability; consequently, it fits into the modern conceptual framework of intelligence. Our empirical research had two foci. On the one hand, we aimed to measure the cultural intelligence of Hungarian university students, to uncover the how prepared the future generation of leaders were to solve conflicts that were inherently cultural at the root. On the other hand, we also examined how students’ early socialisation affected their cultural intelligence. During our research, it was vital to answer the question of whether there is significant difference between the cultural intelligence of students who grew up close to the western border along the iron curtain and their counterparts who lived close to the eastern regions along the borders of post-communist countries.

Keywords: Cultural Intelligence, Hungarian University Student, Four Factor CQ Model, Iron Curtain, Post Communist, Socialization

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp.59-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 782.342KB).

Dr. Ágnes Balogh

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Faculty of Economics, 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.

Eszter Bogdány

PhD Candidate, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Veszprém, Hungary

Eszter Bogdány holds a BA in Human Resources Management (University of Pannonia, 2007), and a Master degree in Leadership and Administration (University of Pannonia, 2010). During her studies she participated in the work of a research group focusing on change management. She also presented at several conferences (Knowledge Management in Organizations, 2010; and The Challenge of Maintenance International Conference, 2010). Currently, she undertakes a Ph. D program at the Doctoral School for Management and Applied Economics since September 2010. Her research focuses on transmission of the roles of leaders and owners in Hungarian SMEs.

Dr. Tibor Csizmadia

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

Tibor Csizmadia studied Engineering Management at the University of Pannonia. Presently he is an associate professor at the Department of Management and teaches quality management, managerial decision-making and quantitative methods to graduate and post graduate students. His Ph.D research focused on the question of how higher education institutions responded to governmental reform, and which organisational characteristics influenced quality management implementation among higher education institutions and how these differences can be explained. He did his Ph. D research at the University of Twente–CHEPS– in the Netherlands. He has published several articles and is continually participating in international conferences as a speaker in his main research area.

Dr. Lajos Szabó

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

Lajos Szabó was educated at the University of Pannonia (Master in Engineering Management) and ENI Scuola Superiore Enrico Mattei, Italy (Master in Energy and Environmental Economics). He received his PhD in Engineering Management in 1997. He is a founder member of the Hungarian Project Management Association. His main field of interest includes intercultural, project and maintenance management. He is a co-leader of the “Strategy Research Group” of the Faculty of Economics. His research group has successful cooperation with the Technical University of Darmstradt (Germany), Köge Business School (Denmark), Trompenaars-Hampden-Turner Consulting (Netherlands), DAAD Foundation (Germany) ALCOA Foundation (USA) and the German-Hungarian Industry and Trade Chamber (Germany-Hungary).

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