Calls for papers


European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management
European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management


Special Issue on: "Intercultural Competencies in a Changing Complex World"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas, University of Valencia, Spain
Prof. Marie-Therese Claes, Louvain School of Management, Belgium
Prof. Roger Bell, ESADE Business and Law School, Spain

While globalisation with its quick flows of people, information and technology has been a fact for many years and many lessons have been learnt, the ever-increasing scale and pace nonetheless adds to the Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) the world finds itself in today, with the challenges posed seemingly increasing rather than decreasing (Johansen 2014). VUCA has been mainly discussed in the context of business, but recent events from viral threats to a looming climate catastrophe have dramatically shown how the interconnectedness and volatility of the world extends far beyond the world of business into a myrrhiad of institutions and local communities face disruption all around the world. Therefore, this special issue addresses the role that intercultural competence and cultural intelligence play in such a volatile and complex environment that is characterised both by ever increasing connections and the threat that these connections pose, by ever more and closer diversity and the political push to restrict and reverse this diversity.

Intercultural competence or cultural intelligence (Ang et al., 2006), namely the capacity individuals need to communicate effectively across cultures and to be able to integrate into new cultural contexts, have so far often been associated with individual decision making, task performance, global leadership success (Tarique/Takeuchi 2008, Ang et al., 2007), job performance (Erez et al. 2013; Vedadi et al. 2010), multicultural team performance (Van Dyne et al., 2012), and firm-level strategic decisions such as offshore outsourcing (Ang & Inkpen, 2008). This has propelled intercultural competence to a very desirable attribute among business professionals affecting the competitiveness of their businesses (Alon et al. 2016), industries, and countries often linked to performance at the individual, team, and firm levels as a key factor in international business success (Bird 2010).

Yet, what constitutes intercultural competence in the age of VUCA has been less explored and questions remain open in regards to how intercultural competence and cultural intelligence need to be conceptualised and promoted in education to help address the challenges posed to organisations and individuals in a world fraught with disruptions, ambiguities, and uncertainties.

We would therefore like to invite contributions that explore intercultural competence and cultural intelligence in this environment in a variety of contexts including businesses, education, government and non-government organisations, but also between individuals working together in teams or sharing the same neighbourhoods. We particularly want to explore how intercultural competence can contribute to increasing creativity and innovation in a complex world. We want to explore new approaches and ideas to familiar problems that nonetheless present themselves anew every day.

Thus, the call for papers is directed at scholars who want to contribute to a better understanding of the VUCA phenomenon in a global context. The editors also hope that the same kind of people will be interested in reading about others' experiences and theoretical thoughts.

Alon, Ilan; Michele Boulanger, Julie Ann Elston, Eleanna Galanaki, Carlos Martinez de Ibarreta, Judith Meyers, Marta Muiz-Ferrer & Andres Velez-Calle (2016). Business Cultural Intelligence Quotient: A Five-Country Study. Thunderbird International Business Review,

Ang, S., Dyne, L. Van, & Koh, C. (2006). Personality Correlates of the Four-Factor Model of Cultural Intelligence. Group & Organization Management, 31(1), 100-123.

Ang, S., Dyne, L. Van, Koh, C., Ng, K. Y., Templer, K. J., Tay, C., & Chandrasekar, N. A. (2007). Cultural Intelligence?: Its Measurement and Effects on Cultural Judgment and Decision Making , Cultural Adaptation and Task Performance. Management and Organization Review, 3(3), 335-371.

Ang, S., & Inkpen, A. C. (2008). Cultural intelligence and offshore outsourcing success: A framework of firm-level intercultural capability. Decision Sciences, 39(3), 337-358.

Bird, A., Mendenhall, M., Stevens, M. J., & Oddou, G. (2010). Defining the content domain of intercultural competence for global leaders. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 25(8), 810-828.

Johansen, B., & Voto, A. (2014). Leadership Skills to Thrive in the Future. People & Strategy, 36(4), 4–6.

Erez, M., Lisak, A., Harush, R., Glikson, E., Nouri, R., & Shokef, E. (2013). Going Global: Developing Management Students' Cultural Intelligence and Global Identity in Culturally Diverse Virtual Teams. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 12(3), 330–355.

Earley, C., & Mosakowski, E. (2004). Cultural Intelligence. Harvard Business Review, 1-9.

Tarique, I., & Takeuchi, R. (2008). Developing Cultural Intelligence: The Roles of International Nonwork Experiences. In S. Ang & L. van Dyne (Eds.), Handbook of cultural intelligence: Theory, measurement, and applications (pp. 56–70). London, New York: Routledge.

Van Dyne, L., Ang, S., Ng, K. Y., Rockstuhl, T., Tan, M. L., & Koh, C. (2012). Sub-Dimensions of the Four Factor Model of Cultural Intelligence: Expanding the Conceptualization and Measurement of Cultural Intelligence. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6(4), 295–313.

Vedadi, A., Kheiri, B., & Abbasalizadeh, M. (2010). The relationship between cultural intelligence and achievement: a case study in an Iranian company. Iranian Journal of Management Studies (IJMS), 3(3), 25–40.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Intercultural competence/CQ and its antecedents
  • Relevance of intercultural competence/CQ in a complex world
  • Training, teaching and learning intercultural competence/CQ
  • Theory and Measurement of intercultural competence/CQ
  • Conceptual papers discussing frameworks of intercultural competence/cultural intelligence, their differences and similarities, and appropriateness for various research purposes
  • Provide theoretical concepts for VUCA
  • Nature and dimensionality of intercultural competence
  • Empirical research on the nature and dimensionality of intercultural competence in a complex environment
  • Empirical multi-level research that examines the influence of intercultural competencies across different levels of analysis (e.g., team-level, organisational level)
  • Empirical research that tests the unique and shared effects of different facets of intercultural competence on management-related outcomes

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

If you have any queries concerning this special issue, please email the Guest Editors at Dr. Barbara Covarrubias Venegas at

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 May, 2020

Notification to authors: 31 July, 2020

Final versions due by: 30 September, 2020