Global Leadership in Virtual Reality

Develop a new superpower - the ability to read minds across cultural boundaries.

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Program Overview

Teaching Cultural Competencies Through VR

student using Gear VR

The virtual reality module was made possible with an Exploratory Grant from NC State's Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) and the contributions of Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans in the College of Education.

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Virtual reality provides unique opportunities for training related to leadership and management in a safe and engaging environment. This VR mediated lesson uses the principles of action learning, including two specific elements of conflict resolution: self-awareness and empathy skills. Participants learn to respond appropriately and effectively to a cross-cultural incident in a business situation. This VR mediated activity is intended to be used as part of a course aimed at developing global management and leadership skills.

"First Impressions" allows participants to dive into the minds of your global partners and engage in learning about culture on both a cognitive and emotional level. This 10-minute module includes 2 scenes:

  1. Tensions begin to develop as new international team members meet for the first time in China.
  2. Participants select a character and experience the rest of the meeting from his point-of-view -- hearing his thoughts and reactions to the discussions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity participants will be able to:

  • Identify how culture impacts our perception of conflict by reviewing and understanding a model of cultural dimensions.
  • Understand how culture shapes our reaction to conflict by observing a scenario in VR.
  • Experience how culture shapes our approach to conflict management by the cognitive processes of a character in the VR scenario.

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