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The significance of intercultural competence on board

Anna Karadencheva


The present study explores the significance of intercultural competence in the maritime profession and outlines the main cultural differences among the leading nations in terms of fleet numbers in world shipping, by analyzing Geert Hofstede's six determinants for measuring and comparing national cultures. The study also outlines the applicable perspectives for optimizing the quality of the training of seafarers, from the increasing the cultural intelligence point of view.


intercultural competence, global merchant fleet, cultural intelligence, intercultural differences, Hofstede's model

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