Specific Problem Solving Styles:
The main goal of this study is to investigate cultural specific styles of communication and problem solving in German-Indonesian teams as potential elements for mutually enhancing cooperation. Members from eight German-Indonesian work groups in the field of development cooperation participated in this study. Data were gathered in Indonesia by interviews with twelve German and eight Indonesian experts, who had been working together in different multicultural project groups and coordinating offices. Using a qualitative analytical method based on the grounded theory paradigm, data from the interviews were analysed with regard to specific German and Indonesian cultural standards as reflected in interactions in the bicultural work groups. These culturally specific styles are contrasted in detail, and potential areas of conflict and enhancement are discussed. The results show that German-Indonesian work groups can develop specific styles, combining their cultural differences in order to be able to work together effectively.
Key words: Indonesia, development cooperation, bicultural cooperation, problem solving, cultural standard, team work
Psychologische Beiträge, Volume 41, 1999, p. 368-384
Dipl.- Psych. Hora W. Tjitra