ELE 3769 Cross Cultural Management
This course develops students skills in intercultural communication, gained in our foundation course: SPÅ 2901 Intercultural Communication and Ethical Awareness. During this Cross Cultural Management course, students will further develop skills needed to manage and lead across cultures and borders in an international business setting,. Management tasks such as decoding cultural differences, cultural profiling and management framing within a business setting will be the focus of the course. Hence, developing skills in cultural due diligence for organizational strategies will be a key element of this course
Cross cultural management uses an interdisciplinary approach with perspectives from cultural studies combined with key international business and leadership issues. Classroom sessions will be based on international research discussions, group work simulations, video-taped exercises and case studies. Empirical cross cultural research and cases used in discussions will focus on issues related to international companies operating both in Norway and abroad. This course will help prepare students to meet the challenges of international assignments within multi-national business operations where different national contexts can impact the way we lead and co-operate in everyday business dealings. In this way, participants will develop skills needed to manage cross cultural teams in both face-to-face settings and in virtual teams.
After completed course students shall have:
- Learned main theories in cross-cultural management.
- Developed knowledge of existing research.
- Gained an understanding of multicultural work environment.
- Learned theories of cultural profiling and mapping.
- Gotten insight in cross cultural management theories in the emerging BRIC economies.
After completed course students will be able to:
- Explain and reflect on main theories in cross-cultural management.
- Analysis existing research and argue the validity of the extant literature.
- Identify and manage problems in a multicultural work environment.
- Apply cultural profiling and mapping skills in an international management situation
- Carry out cultural due diligence projects.
- Identify key elements of cross cultural management theories in the emerging BRIC economies.
Students will ideally develop cultural diplomacy and management skills within an international context, improve cross cultural communication skills and gain a better insight into communication, ethics and management approaches within a multi-cultural environment.
- Understanding empirical studies of national and organizational cultures
- Managing cultural and ethical dilemmas in industry: case studies
- Norwegian and Scandinavian management in an international perspective
- Cross cultural management in the emerging BRIC economies: case studies
Students are expected to use Internet during the course.
For electives re-sit is normally offered at the next scheduled course. If an elective is discontinued or is not initiated in the semester it is offered, re-sit will be offered in the electives ordinary semester. Maximum number of class participants: 40
Higher Education Entrance Qualification
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.
SPÅ 2901 Intercultural communication and ethical awareness: undergraduate course or equivalent.
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Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
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Prepare for teaching
Group work / Assignments
Student's own work with learning resources
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 7,5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 200 hours.