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When Cultures Meet : Modelling Cross-Cultural Knowledge Spaces (2008)

Heimbürger, A. (2008). When Cultures Meet : Modelling Cross-Cultural Knowledge Spaces. In T. Tokuda, H. Jaakkola, & Y. Kiyoki (Eds.), Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases. XIX (pp. 314-321). IOS Press. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, 166. https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.09635v1

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Heimbürger, Anneli

Parent publication: Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases. XIX

Parent publication editors: Tokuda, Takahiro; Jaakkola, Hannu; Kiyoki, Yasushi

ISBN: 978-1-58603-812-0

eISBN: 978-1-60750-292-0

Journal or series: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications

ISSN: 0922-6389

eISSN: 1879-8314

Publication year: 2008

Number in series: 166

Pages range: 314-321

Number of pages in the book: 395

Publisher: IOS Press

Place of Publication: Amsterdam

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: https://arxiv.org/abs/1805.09635v1

Publication open access: Not open

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/78453

Additional information: The definite version was published in Heimbürger, A. 2008. When Cultures Meet – Modelling Cross-Cultural Knowledge Spaces. In: Jaakkola, H., Kiyoki, Y. and Tokuda, T. (eds.) Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, Vol. 166, Information Modelling and Knowledge Bases XIX. Amsterdam: IOS Press. Pp. 314 – 321.


Cross-cultural research projects are becoming a norm in our global world. More and more projects are being executed using teams from eastern and western cultures. Cultural competence might help project managers to achieve project goals and avoid potential risks in cross-cultural project environments and would also support them to promote creativity and motivation through flexible leadership. In our paper we introduce an idea for constructing an information system, a cross-cultural knowledge space, which could support cross-cultural communication, collaborative learning experiences and time-based project management functions. The case cultures in our project are Finnish and Japanese. The system can be used both in virtual and in physical spaces for example to clarify cultural business etiquette. The core of our system design will be based on cross-cultural ontology, and the system implementation on XML technologies. Our approach is a practical, step-by-step example of constructive research. In our paper we shortly describe Hofstede’s dimensions for assessing cultures as one example of a larger framework for our study. We also discuss the concept of time in cultural context.

Keywords: intercultural communication; ontologies (information management); knowledge systems

Free keywords: ontology; cross-cultural communication; knowlegde spaces

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