Testing Cultural Intelligence in Ukraine

2012-2013

Ukraine is an Eastern European country of about 47 million people, which gained independence after the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The quantitative research Measuring Cultural Intelligence in Ukraine was conducted in 2012 - 2013, as a joint American-Ukrainian project of Dr. Boyd Johnson, professor, Department of Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University (Indiana, USA) and the Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine).

The goals of the project were to translate the cultural intelligence scale (CQS) into Ukrainian and Russian, adapt it to the local context and test cultural intelligence on a national representative sample.

The CQS was integrated into a national sociological survey conducted annually by the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (ISNANU). Additionally, the following demographic variables were added: gender, education, age, and regions. Cultural intelligence was measured at the national level in Ukraine for the first time by the current project. National data results were published in English, Ukrainian and Russian.

DISCLAIMER

The data collection in Ukraine took place in 2013 with open access to Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk regions. The reseachers are aware of the current shifts in geopolitical situation in the region; consequently, website maps refer to the context and field work areas in 2013.

Research Timeline

CQS TRANSLATION
SUMMER 2012

The CQS was translated into Ukrainian and Russian by the research team with the support of linguists and sociologists. Russian is extensively used in Ukraine and around 30% of the population are native Russian-speakers, hence the CQS translation in both languages.

FOCUS GROUPS
SUMMER 2012

Two focus groups were organized in Kyiv and moderated by the national research partner. The twenty participants covered different social groups, representative of the Ukrainian demographics.

PILOT TESTING
FALL 2012

The pilot testing of the translated scale was conducted in a face-to-face survey with 341 students from the Taras Shevchenko State University in Kyiv. The results contributed to the finalization of the instrument adaptation and demonstrated its validity and reliability.

NATIONAL STUDY
SUMMER 2013

The CQS was integrated into a national social - economic survey, annually conducted in Ukraine by ISNANU. Data were collected face-to-face. The national study included a national representative sample of 1,800 respondents, which covered all the regions of Ukraine. (Note: since CQS was administered in 2013, data were also collected in Donetsk, Luhansk and in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea).

National Study Findings

The main findings show that there is no gender difference in the Ukrainian population, as it relates to cultural intelligence. However age, education, language and region variables showed more significant differences.
Among the cultural intelligence dimensions, the metacognitive dimension, the ability to plan for intercultural situations, has the highest score. While the cognitive dimension, which describes the understanding of cultural similarities and differences, has the lowest score.

The detailed analysis of the data is discussed in various peer reviewed articles, presentations and interviews, available on the publications page of this website.

Research Partners

OUR RESEARCH PARTNERS

Dr. Evhen Golovakha

Research Team Coordinator - Ukraine

Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Department of Methodology and Methods of Social Research
Department of Sociology of Culture and Mass Communication

Dr. Natalia Kostenko

Research Team Coordinator - Ukraine

Institute of Sociology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
Department of Methodology and Methods of Social Research
Department of Sociology of Culture and Mass Communication

RESEARCH TEAM MEMBERS
Dr. Lyudmyla Skokova  •  Dr. Andrei Gorbatchyk  •  Prof. Alexander Stegnii  •  Dr. Tatyana Nikitina  •  Dr. Kateryna Ivashchenko