#BU-04-14 Develop Your Cultural Intelligence

  • Categories Business
  • Duration 20h
  • Total Enrolled 13
  • Last Update September 16, 2020

About Course

Purdue University


Grow your cultural intelligence

In a globalised world workplaces are increasingly filled with a mix of people from wide variety of places, with a mix of cultures. Good cultural intelligence (CQ) – the ability to work effectively across cultures – is vital.

On this course you will learn about the key aspects of cultural intelligence and learn different methods for improving your own cultural intelligence. You will explore how cultural intelligence can make all the difference to effectiveness, performance and success in a multicultural and global environment.

What topics will you cover?

  • Cultural value orientations or dimensions
  • Interest, drive, and motivation to adapt interculturally
  • How cultures are similar and different including cultural values
  • Awareness and ability to plan in light of one’s cultural understanding
  • Adaptability when relating and working interculturally
  • Personal cultural intelligence development plan

Who will you learn with?

Charles A. Calahan

I teach at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA and facilitate the intercultural development of faculty, staff and students. I am a member of the Purdue University Teaching Academy.


Who developed the course?

Purdue logo

One of the four best public universities in the US, Purdue delivers an engaging learning experience and a world-class degree.


What Will I Learn?

  • Compare your preferred cultural values with other cultural groups
  • Engage your interest, drive, and confidence in adapting to diversity and multicultural situations or individuals
  • Report your understanding of how cultures and diversities are similar and how they are different
  • Explain your awareness and ability to plan for diverse and multicultural interactions
  • Evaluate your ability to adapt when relating and working in diverse contexts
  • Identify strategies for developing your cultural intelligence

Topics for this course

14 Lessons20h

Cultural values?

Welcome to this short online course from Purdue University and the Cultural Intelligence Center. Click Step 1.1 to get started with a welcome message from your lead educator, Chuck Calahan
Welcome and introduction00:03:00
Getting to know each other

Introduction to cultural intelligence (CQ)?

What is cultural intelligence (CQ)? How do we broadly define and describe CQ?

Cultural value dimensions?

Scholars identify a variety of values, beliefs, and norms that can be grouped into cultural clusters. This means you are likely to find a significant presence of specific cultural value clusters in general geographic locations.

Additional cultural dimensions?

Here are some additional cultural value dimensions which show us the differences and diversity we have in the world around us.

Let’s recap and review?

We will summarize, test our understanding, and discuss our learning about CQ and cultural values from this week.

Student Feedback


Total 4 Ratings

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Excelent course, I learned a lot about looking for differences between cultures in work. We are a global community interacting all togheter.

Impressively well-researched course about cultural intelligence. Explanation are clear and recommendation are well-explained. I like the fact that we deep dive in complex subject.

I wish there were discussion questions and several written assignments in order to put in practice the knowledge acquired in this course.

This class is more about the different cultural dimensions than "how to" flex, but then there is no magic formula. One just has to observe and be willing to flex; learning about the different dimensions is certainly helpful when you need to flex.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate


  • No specific software, hardware or other resources are needed to start this course.

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone working in a mixed culture workplace, you might be university staff, a HR professional, a corporate trainer, working in law enforcement or healthcare.