- Business Management
- Assoc Professor Jacob Eisenberg
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After completing this module, students should:
1. Gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of culture, the theories and frameworks that help in highlighting similarities and differences across cultures, and comparative business practices and behaviours.
2. Be able to apply these theories and concepts to a range of different cultural and organisational settings.
3. Be able to analyse and synthesise different theories and concepts and critically evaluate their usefulness in addressing the problems of managing people from different cultures.
4. Improve their ability to work in, manage and lead culturally diverse groups and teams.
5. Increase their awareness of the social, political and ethical issues related to globalisation.
The following topics will be covered: fundamental dimensions of culture, how culture affects behaviour, cognition, motivation, and emotion in organisations, cross-cultural communication, negotiation and conflict resolution, how culture affects team work, diversity in teams and organisations, managing expatriates and leading a multi-cultural workforce.
While most of the above topics are covered in other management courses, the challenge that you will be presented in the Cross-Cultural Management module is to critically examine the management theories and research in light of what we know about cross cultural and national differences. This is important since most of the knowledge accumulated in these areas is based on a “Western” perspective; most studies that form the basis of management studies were carried out by scholars from the ‘Anglo Cluster’ of countries and may be limited in their cultural applicability. Thus, critical examination of these models and findings will allow us to evaluate how applicable they are to various cultural and social systems.
A more fundamental challenge that I invite you to accept is to heighten your self-awareness to how YOU are, in almost everything you do, a product of the social/cultural environment you grew up in. Committing to taking on this challenge is likely to result in fundamental changes in your self-perception, thinking and, eventually, acting.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Group Project: Group presentation||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: Individual Essay||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Project: Research Project||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||Yes||
|Essay: Students submit a short case study discussion essay ahead of discussing the three case studies in class. A total of three essays, each accounting for 2%, is required.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Project: Expatriate Interview||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||Yes||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities
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