|PI:||Daniel Dauber, University of Warwick|
|Collaborators:||Yu Maemura, University of Tokyo
Helen Spencer-Oatey, University of Warwick
Sophie Reissner-Roubicek, University of Warwick
This project refers to a funded collaboration between the University of Warwick (UK), the University of Tokyo (Japan) and the University of Yamanashi (Japan). It aims to leverage our respective expertise, along with those of our named other participants, to investigate the experiences of engineers in the construction industry in dealing with the challenges of working across languages and cultures. Our research will shed light on the current intercultural needs and management strategies of early career and more experienced staff in the engineering industry and allow for a comparative analysis between those in UK/Japan-based companies. Major outcomes from our mixed-method research project include (1) development of training and teaching materials; (2) delivery of training for engineers already operating in an international workplace and for students preparing to do so. Our three-year collaboration will entail mutual sharing of expertise in different research methodologies and materials design/delivery relevant to intercultural communication and adaptation. Partners in the industry include engineering companies from the UK and Japan (e.g. Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sandal, Mott McDonald, Japan Railways, Kojima Corporation, etc.).