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The Role of Self-disclosure in a Thai-German Team

  • The goal of this bachelor thesis is to investigate the role of self-disclosure in a Thai-German team. In-depth interviews with Thai employees and former German interns of a German automotive supplier based in Bangkok were conducted. To link the phenomenon of self-disclosure with intercultural management, German and Thai culture standards represent the base to discuss tendencies in the behavior of Germans and Thais. The results demonstrate that general topics predominated over private subjects at the early stage of the relationship between the interviewees and their team members. Throughout the relationship, topical depth and breadth increased although the share of positive topics outweighed. Both the Thais and Germans displayed a great willingness to share general and personal aspects which has led to the deepening of the relationship and the building of trust. The in-group/out-group effect was recognized as the interviewees preferred an in-group recipient for specific issues to be talked about. Communicating in English did not significantly impact the amount of information revealed. The study emphasizes the role of self-disclosure for initiating, sustaining and enhancing a relationship between Thai and German co-workers.

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Author:Phanumas Lormnak
Advisor:Heike Stengel
Document Type:Bachelor Thesis
Year of Completion:2020
Granting Institution:Hochschule Furtwangen
Release Date:2020/03/09
Tag:Intercultural Management; Intercultural relationship; Self-disclosure; Thai-German team
Page Number:87
Degree Program:IBM - International Business Management
Functional area:Human Resource Management
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich gesch├╝tzt