An Examination of English as Business Lingua Franca: A Comparative Analysis of Communication Behavior and Strategies

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This research first extends Du-Babcock’s studies that used student samples to the use of real- world business dialogues of Chinese business professionals and managers. This study also intends to compare and examines the similarities and differences of the communication behaviors of Chinese and Swedish / Finnish business professionals and managers. Specifically, the study will examine the use of English as business lingua franca (BELF) between business professionals and managers. Consequently, this research aims at confirming prior research findings as well as extending the research to a comparison of Chinese and Swedish/ Finnish business professionals and managers in that the study examines and compares the communication behaviors (i.e., turn-taking behaviors, speaking time, and number of words) of business professionals and managers from two different contexts of cultures.This research study is based on two data sets which will be derived from qualitative and quantitative data collection. The objective of the qualitative data, derived from text-based analysis, is to illustrate and examine how Chinese business professionals and managers manage meeting talk similar to or different from Swedish and Finnish business professionals and managers. In addition, the quantitative aspect of the data (e.g., turn-taking behavior, number of words spoken, and Self- Evaluation of Proficiency in Spoken English) will allow the turn-taking theoretical framework to be operationalized and generalized. That is, the quantitative analysis of the data will consist of performing interaction analysis of the intra-and intercultural business meetings.


Project number7002403
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/0917/04/12