The construct of cultural intelligence, recently introduced to the management literature, has enormous potential in helping to explain effectiveness in cross cultural interactions. However, at present, no generally accepted definition or operationalization of this nascent construct exists. In this article, we develop a conceptualization of cultural intelligence that addresses a number of important limitations of previous definitions. We present a concise definition of cultural intelligence as a system of interacting abilities, describe how these elements interact to produce culturally intelligent behavior, and then identify measurement implications.
THOMAS, D., ELRON, E., STAHL, J., EKELUND, B., RAVLIN, E. and CERDIN, J.L. (2008). Cultural Intelligence: Domain and Assessment. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 8(2), pp. 123-143.