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An Intercultural Simulation M-790

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A one half or full day session for managers, staff, employees, or whole teams. A safe, fun simulation that teaches participants about the nature of cultures and how differences between cultures can cause problems. It teaches participants how to be aware of their own biases and how to compensate for their own cultural "blind spots." There should be between 16 and 40 participants for the simulation to be most effective. The class is divided into two simulated "cultures" and taught each culture's customs, codes of behavior, and languages. There are structured cross culture experiences from which each individual and each group may learn some very important things about themselves and their assumptions.



  • Increased awareness of the process of interacting with people of different cultures.
  • Increased sensitivity to the feelings associated with being involved with people from another culture.
  • Reduced organizational tension from intercultural conflicts.
  • Higher awareness of what is needed for employees and managers to succeed on assignments to different cultures.
  • Applicable to work assignments in other countries, improving effectiveness among diverse cultures within an organization (racial, ethnic, gender, etc.), achieving collaboration among varying corporate cultures (resulting from acquisitions or mergers), or among differing work cultures (i.e. technical, sales, manufacturing, etc.).


  • Assists in developing the participants' understanding of what culture is and how it influences one's ability to get work done.
  • Assists participants to develop strategies for being more effective in dealing with people of different cultures.


  1. Introduction
  2. Half of the groups learn the Alpha culture. The other half learns the Beta culture.
  3. One Alpha and one Beta observe the opposite culture.
  4. Representatives return and debrief.
  5. Small groups of Alphas and Beans visit and interact with the opposite culture.
  6. Visitors debrief following each visit.
  7. Groups reconvene and test assumptions, share experiences, and learn about the cultures.
  8. Participants debrief and discuss culture and the implications for their organization.
The full day adds an examination of the organization's (or department's) needs, problem solving, and action planning.


  • Actually allows participants to experience another culture in a low risk setting.
  • Simple to conduct.
  • Promotes lots of personal insight and "ah-ha's."
  • Simulated cultures astonishingly realistic.
  • Participants quickly recognize how easy it is to make faulty assumptions about other cultures.
  • Illuminates perceptions of real and imagined differences between cultures.
  • Builds awareness of how cultural differences can profoundly impact people in an organization.
  • Motivates participants to rethink their behavior and attitude toward others.
  • Allow participants to examine their own bias and focus on how they perceive differences.
  • Examine how stereotypes are developed, barriers created, and misunderstandings magnified.
  • Identify diversity issues within the organization that must be addressed.

WORKSHOP DURATION: ½ or 1 day (A product of Simulation Training Systems)

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