Cecile Garmon is Professor in the Department of Communication with an area of interest in intercultural communication, conflict communication, and leadership communication. She also serves as the Knicely Professor of Leadership and the Director of the Center for Leadership Excellence in the Gordon Ford College of Business and conducts research and teaches in both the areas of communication and leadership.
She received a Senior Research-Teaching Fulbright for spring semester 2000 and taught intercultural communication in the Department of Communication, University of Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she also did research with multinational businesses in that location. Her research topic related to the role of culture in the communication practices of multinational businesses and she drew data from various individuals and organizations that functioned in Guadalajara but headquartered in other parts of the world.
Later areas of research include a focus on the influence of Ubuntu (an African ethic) in the communication practices of leaders and her research was presented at conferences in the US and in Turkey.
More recently, she has conducted research programs in Argentina and in Galapagos, Ecuador, where she studied the role of communication in leadership messages related to sustainability at those sites. She works frequently with graduate students who often use their joint efforts to make presentations at various academic conferences.
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