ID419      Half Unit
Cross Cultural Management

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Hyun-Jung Lee NAB4.12


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management (CEMS MIM). This course is available on the MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, MSc in Management and Human Resources and MSc in Organisational Behaviour. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Some background in psychology and organisational behaviour is useful.

Course content

The ability to communicate cross culturally and understand diverse perspectives is a necessity in order to achieve a competitive advantage in our global economy. The aims of the course are to understand the impact of culture on management; to identify the areas in which cultural differences present a challenge in managing people across cultures; and finally to become more self-aware of our cultural conditioning, individual biases and assumptions and to understand the implications these have on our interactions with people who are different from us. Understanding and Managing Cultural Diversity. International Assignments and Global Career Development. Managing Cultures in International Mergers and Acquisitions. Leading Responsibly in Multicultural Environment. Cross-Cultural Leadership. Cross-Cultural Communication and Negotiations.


30 hours of lectures in the LT. 3 hours of lectures in the ST.

Experiential learning is emphasised and team working is an integral part of the course. The teaching is highly participative. Students will be asked to make presentations and participate in exercise. The course is demanding of students and success depends partly upon student commitment and willingness to participate fully.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

The following reading list contains some of the main volumes and some easily accessible introductory volumes. Most of the course reading is taken from journals. A full reading list will be issued at the start of the course. R. Steers et al.(2013), Management across cultures, Cambridge University Press; D. Thomas (2008), Cross cultural management, Sage; B. Gherke and M-T. Claes (eds.)(2013), Global leadership practices and cross cultural management, Palgrave.


Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Project (30%).

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills