The OD Journal - Call For Stories, Scenarios or Dilemmas

The OD Journal Special Issue 

“Lessons Learned from Dealing with Cultural Differences in the Global Community”

Anticipated publication source and date: TBD

From: Kimberley Barker, PhD and Gerald Glover, PhD

Transcultural competence can be defined as the ability to successfully deal with and develop solutions to issues and problems created by cultural differences within any cultural setting. The need for transcultural competence continues to grow in today’s global diverse community. It is important that professionals from all areas, be able to learn from stories and scenarios that arise throughout the global community. It is also important to understand how the dilemmas were dealt with by stakeholders. If possible it will be valuable to know how reconciliation took place and creative solutions to the dilemmas emerged. These stories may come from a variety of professional perspectives, such as business, education, healthcare, social sciences, military, and international development projects.

We also want to illustrate the value of stories and dilemmas in understanding cultural differences. We invite individuals from both practitioners and academic areas to submit stories and dilemmas which illustrate how they dealt with cultural differences.

Topics may address any of the following questions:

In addition to sharing your lessons learned, please include the following information:

  •   What can be done when cultural differences are identified?

  •   What are common dynamics involved in cultural dilemmas?

  •   What type of dilemma reconciliations or interventions can take place?
  •   How does one rebound from a situation of cultural intolerance to be able to return to a state of         peace and mutual respect?

In addition to sharing your lessons learned, please include the following information:

  •   Please describe your process for dealing with these types of scenario(s).

  •   What type of support systems did you have throughout this process?

  •   What role did your cultural orientation play in the process?

  •   What were your takeaways from this experience?

  •   What is your “Bumper Sticker takeaway” for this (your takeaway saying which could be placed on a bumper sticker!).

Stories examining topics of a similar nature are also welcomed. Submissions from around the world are encouraged! Stories should be 2 to 3 pages in length. Content should include 1) what was the social-cultural context; who were the stakeholders; 3) what were the apparent cultural values and agendas of the stakeholders, 4) what was the cultural dilemma, problem, or issue? Text should be 12 point, with Times New Roman font and follow APA guidelines for references and tables. Lastly, please include biographies of each author of 50-75 words with an accompanying picture.

Selected stories/dilemmas will be published in future issues of the ISODC Newsletter.

The deadline for submission of a story/dilemma case is Friday, December 30, 2016

To submit a story or ask questions, please contact Kimberley Barker at kimjbarker@gmail.com.


“Lessons Learned from Dealing with Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace”
Anticipated publication source and date: TBD
From: Jeanne Maes, PhD and Kimberley Barker, PhD

As harassment and bullying (and similar types of harmful behavior) are increasing in today’s workplace, we want to look at what to do when these situations are observed or encountered and how to best deal with them. Here is an opportunity for you to share and analyze a situation

(or situations) in the workplace where harassment and/or bullying have taken place. We would like to learn from the experience and provide insights on what can be done in these situations and how to thwart this type of behavior when it is observed in the workplace as quickly as possible.

We also want to look at how we can set up boundaries or constraints to prevent this type of behavior from happening in the first place. Lastly, we want to hear from individuals from both a scholarly and practitioner standpoint on lessons learned along the way, how they dealt with their anger and learned to forgive and flourish again in the end.

Topics may address any of the following questions:

  •   How can potential for harassment and bullying be identified early on?

  •   What can be done when harassment and bullying is observed and what types of

    interventions that can take place which lead to a desirable outcome for as many parties as

    possible?

  •   What creates harassers or bullies in the workplace and what can we do to not promote this

    type of environment or breeding ground for these behaviors?

  •   When should a flag be raised indicating all means of conciliatory approaches have been

exhausted?
 How does one rebound from a situation of harassment and bullying in a healthy and

positive manner?

In addition to sharing your lessons learned, please include the following information:

  •   Please describe your process for dealing with the situation(s).

  •   What type of support systems did you have throughout this process?

  •   What role did your faith play in the process?

  •   What were your takeaways from this experience?

  •   What is your “Bumper Sticker takeaway” for this (your takeaway saying which could be

    placed on a bumper sticker!).

Stories examining topics of a similar nature are also welcomed. Submissions from around the world are encouraged! There is no length requirement for the story, we just ask that you share your story and answer the above items. Text should be 12 point, with Times New Roman font and follow APA guidelines for references and tables. Lastly, please include biographies of each author of 50-75 words with a picture. Submissions can be anonymous too, if desired.

Prospective authors may also submit a brief proposal for consideration, prior to full submission.

Authors of similar proposals may be offered the opportunity to co-author.

The deadline for submission of an article is Saturday, December 31, 2016

To submit a story or for questions, please contact Kimberley Barker at kimjbarker@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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