The role of communication competencies in international business relationship development Academic Article uri icon


  • Effective communication between international business partners is critical for global success. Underlying national and organizational cultural differences in international business relationships creates hurdles to effective communication, hindering performance. To assist managers in understanding this issue, a model of communication effectiveness for international relationship development, derived from industry examples, theory, and a dataset consisting of 123 qualitative interviews conducted with American, Canadian, Chinese, and Japanese managers is presented. Further, in order to assist managers in the task of developing more effective communications, a six-step process aimed in directing managerial action is presented. By proactively managing its communications, a firm can develop stronger international business relationships facilitating the rapid response to market opportunities and challenges. © 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.

published proceedings

  • Journal of World Business

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Griffith, D. A.

citation count

  • 62

complete list of authors

  • Griffith, David A

publication date

  • December 2002