ERIC Number: ED040488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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The Technical Advisor as a Cross-Cultural Change Agent. Occasional Paper No. 7.
Juarez, Leo J.
Three models are described within a single theoretical framework for analyzing the functions of a technical advisor and the problems he may encounter in overseas development work: (1) client systems of the technical advisor and their interrelationships, (2) areas of interference in cross-cultural communication, and (3) roles of a technical advisor. As a change agent serving in the capacity of a change therapist, the technical advisor's objectives are to introduce and establish within his client system new behavior patterns which will allow his clients to deal more effectively with their environments. The first model identifies seven elements of the advisor's supportive system not related to the host country, and five elements directly related to the host country. The second model outlines six screens through which a message must pass between sender and receiver, affecting the clarity and understanding of the communication. The third model defines the complex role of the advisor as analyst, educator, advisor, systems linker, organizational innovator, technical innovator, and leadership trainer. (JK)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Bibliographies, Change Agents, Communication (Thought Transfer), Consultants, Cross Cultural Training, Developing Nations, International Programs, Models, Technical Assistance
Program on Educational Change, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, (free)
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Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington.