2014 Unit of Study

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Cross-Cultural Management
UoS Code IBUS2102
Credit points 6
Offered Semester 1 and Semester 2
Prerequisites 36 junior credit points
Prohibitions IBUS2002
Assumed Knowledge
Additional Information
Lectures 1x 2hr lecture and 1 x 1hr workshop per week
Assessment Participation (10%), mid-term assessment (30%), presentation (20%), in-class quizzes (10%), and final exam (30%)
Description Critical to effective management in international and multi-cultural business environments is an understanding of cultural differences and how to manage such differences. The aim of this unit of study is to provide conceptual frameworks and evidence from practice that will develop an understanding of the ways in which cultures differ, how these differences can impact management, and how cultural issues can limit organisational effectiveness. Strategies for managing and harnessing cultural differences are also evaluated. The subject is explored from an internal perspective as well as from an external perspective, looking at issues within the company as well as issues between the multinational company and its host environment. Major topics include the significance of culture in international management; the meaning and dimensions of culture; comparative international management styles; managing communication across cultures; global business ethics; cross-cultural negotiations; cross-cultural leadership and motivation; culture and consumer behaviour; and cultural views of intellectual property around the world.