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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS5259M Cross Cultural Management

15 creditsClass Size: 110

Module manager: Hanna Gajewska De Mattos
Email: hgdm@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is not approved as an Elective

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 interpret 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
-Underlying theories of culture and to apply them in international business contexts

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 business and management
- Identify and outline particular aspects of recent cross-cultural research
- Identify, illustrate and account for cultural differences when taking managerial decisions

Skills outcomes

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


Syllabus

Indicative content:

What is culture? When does culture matter and when does it not?; The importance of culture in different international business contexts; 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.

The student body on this programme is generally diverse, both nationally and culturally. One important element throughout the module is encouraging the sharing of ideas and experiences from this diversity.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture102.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Case study preparation 50 hours,
- background reading 30 hours,
- individual research
- and assignment preparation 40 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationGroup 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 examination


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S1)2 hr 80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by examination

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 04/12/2017

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