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Master of Arts (M.A.)
First Committee Member
Francisca I. Trujillo-Dalbey
Second Committee Member
This thesis explores how cultural differences manifest themselves in computermediated intercultural communication (CoMIC). This study particularly looks at the role and use of digital nonverbals (DNVs) and their regulatory functions. The data analyzed is from a global virtual team working together for a period of three months. The grounded theory method has been employed to code the electronic transcript of the team's communication. Furthermore, the participants were surveyed regarding their personal backgrounds, their work, and their perception of the communication processes that took place. The study shows that in an intercultural communication process DNVs are used to avoid intercultural misunderstandings and to underline the various communication styles. The different styles, hand in hand with the DNVs used, vary depending on the team's overall situation. However, the absence of DNVs can be an indicator for a state of crisis.
Alder, Simone. (2007). CoMIC : an exploration into computer-mediated intercultural communication. University of the Pacific, Thesis. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/682
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