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LUBS2405 Cross-Cultural Management

20 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Gideon Azumah
Email: g.azumah@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Co-requisites

LUBS1140Principles of International Business

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS3805International Business Management

Module replaces

LUBS3810 Managing Across Cultures

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

In this module we will examine cross-cultural issues and how these impact upon management. We will be interpreting and evaluating the underlying theories of culture and applying them in international business contexts. The module will be delivered in a form of lectures and seminars and both of them will include real life examples, participative exercises (role-plays, problem solving exercises) and multimedia.

Objectives

This module focuses on cross-cultural issues and how these impact, in both theoretical and practical terms, upon the management of business functions across national borders. It examines major theoretical contributions in this area, the empirical work on which these contributions rest, and their practical applications. It explores key issues in cross-cultural management and identifies important areas of contemporary controversy in the management of multinational activity. It illustrates the above using real and emerging examples, and using participative exercises (role-plays, seminars, case studies) to allow the cultural experience and knowledge of the multinational student group to inform the module's objectives.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will be able to access and evaluate:
- The concept of culture and its importance in international business;
- Key theoretical dimensions of culture and their practical applications;
- How cross-cultural issues impact upon the management of business functions across national borders

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Use the work of key cultural theorists as a means of studying and understanding cultural issues in international management;
- Identify and outline particular aspects of recent cross-cultural research;
- Identify, illustrate and account for cultural differences when taking managerial decisions.

Skills outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to practice and deploy:
- Their commercial and ethical awareness
- Key transferalbe skills and professionalism appropriate for managers
- Concepts and information for critical thoughts and arguments
- Communication and team-working skills to anlayse and present material in seminars
- Their social/cultural sensitivity
- Decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations

Subject Specific:
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Interpret and evaluate the underlying theories of culture and to apply them in international business contexts


Syllabus

Indicative content: What is culture? When does culture matter and when does it not?; The importance of culture in different international business contexts; National stereotypes and key dimensions of culture; Culture and international management - theory and experience; Applying the national culture frameworks in different institutional, governance and business systems contexts; Country studies.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture112.0022.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Readings following each lecture, preparation for module ACW and preparation for the exam at the end of the module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through class discussion each week in group activities, case study discussions and discussion of readings.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup oral presentation audio video report on "Come dine with me"20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/07/2019

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