The Effect of Business Study Tours on CQ: Does Ethnic Identification Matter?
Cultural Quotient (CQ) is defined as the ability to function well in culturally diverse situations and has been used by these authors as a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of study abroad programs. In a study of students who completed a short-term study abroad course that included visits to organizations in Belgium, France, and Switzerland, it was found that there was a significant increase in the CQ of the respondents. Interestingly, in gathering demographic data from the students, it was noted that many respondents who were US citizens used terms such as Colombian-American, Hispanic, or Asian-American, rather than American, when responding to a question asking for their nationality. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a statistically significant difference in the effects of study abroad on CQ between US students who ethnically identify and US students who do not.
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