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Using Paradoxes to Teach International Business Management

In order to live happily and work successfully overseas, people have to be aware of, accept, adapt, and adopt diverse cultural values and practices. In my international business management class, I utilized paradoxes to help students realize and embrace contradicting viewpoints across cultures. Understanding paradoxes requires students to use the metacognitive ability which stands above and beyond conflicting perspectives. Although it was very challenging for students at the beginning of the course, they were able to explain most paradoxes at a later time in the semester. In this paper, I would like to share my experience of using paradoxes and the way to help understand them.

Vinh Nguyen
Coe College
United States


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