The research project Measuring Cultural Intelligence in Eastern and Central Europe focuses on the adaptation of the cultural intelligence scale (CQS), developed and tested for validity by Eearly & Ang's in 2003, and its nation-wide application in several countries from Eastern and Central Europe. The goal of this research project is to contribute to the body of cultural intelligence empirical research through national and comparative studies and apply the concept in the post-communist and post-socialist contexts.
Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is measured on a 20 items scale, which provides a valid and reliable measure of a person’s ability to function effectively in culturally diverse situations, focusing on four distinct capabilities: CQ-Drive, CQ-Knowledge, CQ-Strategy, and CQ-Action.
The results of the research contribute to the understanding of the region’s cultural intelligence needs. Many parts of a society can benefit from this information, including the private sector, academia and training centers, governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as local and international organizations. The knowledge of cultural intelligence trends in these countries can assist in planning organizational development. The research provides in-depth information on cultural intelligence across local regions, social and education groups, both genders, and border areas.
The same research methodology is applied in each country, including the CQS adaptation and the application stages.
The first stage of the CQS adaptation includes forward and back translations of the cultural intelligence scale.
The translated CQS is assessed during focus group sessions with locals in order to assess the country-specific interpretation of the CQS concepts and questions.
The locally adapted scale is administered to a diverse student population to pilot test the instrument and determine if the questions are properly understood.
The adapted CQS is applied among a representative national sample in each country.
Boyd Johnson has earned a Ph.D. in International Studies, an M.A. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Theology, and a B.A. in Anthropology. He currently is Professor in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he has taught for over 19 years. Prior to that, he worked for World Vision International for 16 years in many roles, based in Australia and Asia. Dr. Johnson has done training, consulting and teaching in over 50 countries, has visited over 80 nations on six continents, and has lived in six countries. He is a dual citizen of Canada and the USA. His research interests include cultural intelligence, which he has studied since 2013 in four countries in Eastern Europe: Ukraine / Moldova (post communist ex-USSR) and Slovenia / Sebria (post socialist ex-Yugoslavia).
Dr. Svitlana Buko is a sociologist and coordinator of multidisciplinary US-European research project teams. Born in St. Petersburg (Russia), worked and lived in 6 countries. Dr. Buko holds a Liberal Arts degree from St. Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences (Russia, 2002), and a Ph.D. from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, 2008). Her doctoral research was based on the five years of practical intercultural management within international development organizations: Citizens Development Corps (CDC), American Councils (ACCELS), International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the United Nations (UNDP). Research interest include: cross-cultural management, cultural intelligence, employment patterns of IT outsourcing, women entrepreneurship, disputed territories.
Diana Mirza- Grisco is an experienced researcher in social sciences and coordinator of international research projects, with a background in sociology, public policy and NGO-work, and an extensive experience in empirical research, specialized in qualitative research and methodologies; social and educational projects evaluation and monitoring; intercultural training; and international project management. She is familiar with the UN and EU systems through participation in projects and studies and has in depth knowledge on post-socialist and post-communist countries from the Eastern and Central European region.
2017/03Mirza-Grisco, D., Johnson, R B., Buko, S. (2017, May) "A comparative study of cultural intelligence dimensions in Ukraine and Moldova: interpretations and challenges". Presented at the 2017 SIETAR Congress: Dublin, Ireland.
2017/03Buko, S., Johnson, R.B., Mirza-Grisco, D. (2017, May) The Adaptation of the Cultural Intelligence Scale in Central and Eastern Europe: application of focus groups methodology. Presented at the 2017 SIETAR Congress: Dublin, Ireland.
2016/06Johnson, R.B. (2016). Cultural Intelligence [Interview during a radio broadcast]. In Istrati, D. (Producer), Matinal de week-end, Chisinau, Republic of Moldova: Moldovan National Broadcaster TeleRadio Moldova