ICCM expertise

ICCM was founded to serve as a resource for global organizations facing the challenges of operating in a global environment. We provide answers to difficult cross-cultural issues through innovative, rigorous research. We then translate and transfer those findings into well-designed solutions for the real world needs of global organizations. Our management team has more than fifty years of experience leading international teams, working with executives to improve their organizations, and conducting research.

Richard L. Griffith

Executive Director, ICCM

  • 10 years of experience in executive coaching focusing on international communication
  • Led culture-related research contracts for the Department of Defense
  • Editor of The Age of Internationalization and Leading Global Teams
  • Work featured in Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal
  • Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron

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Dr. Griffith is the Executive Director of The Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. He is the author of over 75 publications and presentations in the area of personnel selection and is the editor and author of several books, chapters, and journals on the topic. He has conducted funded research for the Department of Defense examining the measurement and training of cross-cultural competence and the development of region specific cultural databases. Dr. Griffith provides coaching in global leadership and executive presentations, specializing in presentations conducted abroad. He is the Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychological Assessment and the co-editor of "The Age of Internationalization" and the upcoming book "Leading Global Teams: Translating the Multidisciplinary Science to Practice". His work has been featured in Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal. He received his doctoral degree in I/O Psychology from The University of Akron in 1997.

Jessica L. Wildman

Research Director, ICCM

  • 10 years of experience in funded research environment
  • Led international team for a multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI)
  • More than fifty scholarly works on culture, trust, and teams in the workplace
  • Editor of Leading Global Teams: Translating the Multidisciplinary Science to Practice
  • Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida

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Jessica L. Wildman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Organizational Psychology program and the Research Director of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Central Florida in 2011. She has co-authored eleven book chapters and ten refereed journal articles and has personally presented over twenty times at professional conferences on topics including cultural competence, trust development and repair, global virtual teams, team cognition, and team effectiveness. Dr. Wildman has experience designing and managing international research as a part of a federally funded multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) and developing training for the calibration of trust in military swift starting action teams for a small business innovative research (SBIR) project. She was awarded the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) doctoral scholarship in 2010 and the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup) best conference poster award in 2009 for her work on measuring trust and distrust as separate attitudes. Dr. Wildman is currently co-editing a book entitled “Leading Global Teams: Translating the Multidisciplinary Science to Practice.” Her current research interests include interpersonal trust dynamics across cultures, multicultural work performance, and global virtual team processes and performance.

Hairong Jiang

Lead Research Scientist, ICCM

  • Experience in international applied settings and funded research efforts
  • Experience in leadership development, high potential identification, and performance management
  • Certified assessor of Emotional Judgment Inventory and Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire
  • Led numerous cross-cultural efforts in China and America
  • Ph.D. candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychologyt at Florida Institute of Technology 

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Hairong Jiang is the Research Scientist of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management at the Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her Master’s in Industrial Organizational psychology from Florida Tech, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field. Prior to joining ICCM, Hairong interned at Development Dimensions International in their Shanghai office, and supported enterprise-wide talent management processes in leadership development, high potential identification, and performance management. In 2016, Hairong worked as a consulting intern at Select International, where she supported various assessment initiatives, including development and validation of selection tests, executive assessment, job analysis, and competency modeling. She is a certified assessor in multiple assessments, such as the Emotional Judgment Inventory and Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire. At ICCM, Hairong has been responsible for managing talent consulting projects as well as cross-cultural research initiatives. A main focus of her current role is to manage the international cultural consultancy project and provide advice to help Orlando International Airport build the first culturally-competent airport.

ICCM Senior Fellow

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ICCM Fellows

Beth Gitlin, MBA/MA

ICCM Fellow

Ms. Gitlin serves as co-chair of the Institute for Cross Cultural Management (ICCM) steering committee. She is President/Owner of Global Passages in Melbourne, Fl. Her company provides international trade consulting for medium and large-sized businesses. Ms. Gitlin has 20 years of experience in retailing, manufacturing and importing/exporting consumer packaged goods in a global environment. Prior to owning Global Passages, she was VP of Imports and Product Development for General Foam Plastics Corporation, a manufacturer and importer/exporter of seasonal products. Additionally, she served 9 years with Wal-Mart in various merchandising and international positions with responsibilities involving trade with over 26 different countries. Previously, she served 4 years as a Lieutenant in the US Army. Ms. Gitlin teaches Cross Cultural Management, Global Business Perspectives and Essentials of Business Development courses at Florida Institute of Technology’s College of Business. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology with an International Concentration. She is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologists and Rotary International.

Curtis Curry, MBA/MA

ICCM Fellow

Mr. Curry has trained over 20,000 leaders and individual contributors from companies around the world including Roche, Kraft, Disney, Ford Visteon, and the largest NASA contractor, United Space Alliance, among others. Currently President of Quality Learning International, he has facilitated scores of leadership programs in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Curtis served as Director of Training, Center for Business & Industry, Miami-Dade College; Director, World Trade Institute of the Americas; and Director, Peace Corps Training Center for Honduras and Nicaragua (Entrena/CHP). He has spearheaded the development of over 100 courses and workshops, is certified in a number of DDI, Covey, CCL, CPP, Center for Conflict Dynamics, Herrmann International, and Zenger-Miller products, and is a qualified administrator for Kozai Group’s Global Competencies Inventory and Intercultural Effectiveness Scale. He speaks fluent Spanish, French and conversational Portuguese. He is a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches, the International Association of Coaches, the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research.

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