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Keywords:

  • cultural intelligence;
  • cross-cultural competence;
  • international strategic alliance;
  • construction industry

Abstract

Cultural intelligence (CQ) on the organizational level is an organization's capacity to reconfigure its capability to function and manage effectively in culturally diverse environments and to gain and sustain its competitive advantages. This study aims to present a model, examining how organizational CQ through competitiveness framework might potentially affect the strategic alliancing ability of contracting firms operating abroad. The research involves a questionnaire survey conducted with the contracting firms. The research findings support the contracting firms leveraging their cultural intelligence as their main cross-cultural competence for establishing and increasing the performance of international strategic alliances.