Testing Cultural Intelligence in Slovenia

2015 - 2017

Slovenia is a Central European country with a population of about two million people. Slovenia separated from Yugoslavia in 1991 and became a member of the European Union in 2004.

The quantitative research Measuring Cultural Intelligence in Slovenia was initiated in 2015. The project team has developed several partnerships to conduct each stage of the research, of which the key partners are Department of Psychology of the University of Ljubljana,and IPSOS, a regional market research agency.

The goal of the research was to translate the cultural intelligence scale (CQS) into Slovenian, to make sure the wording was accurate for the local context, conduct two focus groups and a pilot test, and then test cultural intelligence on a national representative sample. The CQS was translated and adapted with the support of a team of researchers from the University of Ljubljana (Department of Psychology) organized and coordinated by Dr. Eva Boštjančič.
Cultural intelligence will be measured at the national level in Slovenia for the first time by this research project.

Research Timeline

CQS TRANSLATION
SUMMER 2015

The CQS was translated into Slovenian with the support of a team of researchers from the University of Ljubljana, Department of Psychology, coordinated by Dr. Eva Boštjančič.

FOCUS GROUPS
WINTER - SPRING 2016

The adaptation of the instrument included the organization of two focus groups: one in Ljubljana (Center) and the second one in Koper (South). The participants covered different social, educational and age groups, and also had gender balance.

PILOT TESTING
SPRING 2016

The pilot testing of the translated scale was conducted through an online survey in which 527 students from Maribor, Ljubljana, Koper, and Nova Gorica [North, Center, South and West] participated. The results contributed to the finalization of the instrument adaptation and demonstrated its validity and reliability.

NATIONAL STUDY
SUMMER 2017

The national representative study was initiated in Spring 2017 and the data was gathered from May to July 2017. Findings and data analysis results will be available at the end of 2018.

Pilot Testing Findings

Since the national representative study is currently in progress, a short overview of the pilot testing findings is provided here instead. Slovenian students scored high on the readiness to work and relate to people from different cultures, meaning that they have registered high scores for the metacognitive and behavioral dimensions of cultural intelligence. Slovenian youth have also demonstrated high interest, drive and confidence to adapt to multicultural situations.

More information and a detailed analysis of the pilot study results are available in the publications page of the website.

Research Partners

OUR RESEARCH PARTNERS

Dr. Eva Boštjančič

Associate Professor

University of Ljubljana • Faculty of Arts
Psychology of Work & Organizations

RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS
Ursa Belak  •  Ivan Jakovljević  •  Aneja Kodrič  •  Neža Prelog  •  Veronika Tumpej  •  Luka Komidar