Date of Award

Spring 1991

Document Type



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Harry Smith

Second Advisor

Robert Swartout

Third Advisor

Phil Wittman


This paper examines the role of the small group as an uncertainty reduction tool in a cross-cultural training environment. Of the many cultural training techniques used to educate those who go overseas (business people, tourists, students) the one educational tool that is absent is the culturally diverse small group. It is argued that the culturally diverse small group could provide a valuable format for actual cultural interaction. An analysis is given of the uncertainty reduction potential of a small group and how reducing uncertainty through small group interaction could be beneficial to a cross-cultural training program. It is concluded that a foundation has been established for a useful cross-cultural training technique.