Cultural Identity, Global Mindset, and Knowledge Management: From Awareness to Knowledge and Competence
A productive relation between the notions of cultural identity and global mindset might seem counterintuitive: “identity” is meant to differentiate; “global” implies a certain level of standardization across differences. At the same time, “cultural” implies belonging to a group, while “mindset” is rather unique. However, considered together, the two notions exhibit a considerable degree of compatibility and even complementarity. The reconciliation of the differences provides a natural equilibrium for knowledge management: the competing forces of differentiation and integration stimulate knowledge acquisition and cultural, as well as intercultural, competence development.
Another layer of ambiguity is added by the dual nature of culture—it is as personal as it is collective. This triggers the assumption that the interplay of cultural identity formation and global mindset development could be attributed to individuals and groups, and arguably to organizations and societies.
Given these considerations, we examine the competing values of cultural development of individuals and groups across and beyond borders, as well as the role of knowledge management in merging explicit and tacit knowledge of culture(s).
Subsequently, we outline a framework for analyzing and modeling knowledge acquisition, valuation, and use in forming (1) cultural identity as a dynamic and scalable mechanism of integration within any type of social or professional setting and (2) the development of a global mindset as the means of adaptation to constant and ever changing external challenges. The framework is a result of research and practical application of a holistic learning approach to achieve understanding of “self,” “others,” and “self and others” together in the context of multinational professional settings and international development over the last 15 years.
Keywords: Cultural and Intercultural Development, Personal Identity, Global Mindset, Knowledge Management
Dr. Iouri Bairatchnyi
Adjunct Faculty, Kent State University