MG4D4      Half Unit
Cross Cultural Management (formerly ID419)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Hyun-Jung Lee NAB4.12


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


Some background in psychology and organisational behaviour, and/or international business is useful, but not required.

Course content

The ability to communicate cross culturally and understand diverse perspectives is a necessity in order to achieve a competitive advantage in global economy. The aims of the course are to understand the impact of culture on management; to identify the areas in which cultural differences pose challenges as well as advantages in managing people across cultures; and, to become more self-aware of our cultural conditioning, individual biases and assumptions.

Topics include i) understanding my own and others’ cultural conditioning, ii) cultural diversity in teams, iii) international assignments and global career development, iv) managing cross-border alliances, v) leading global organisation with responsibility.



30 hours of seminars in the LT. 3 hours of seminars 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. Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy

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. B. Gerhke and M-T. Claes (eds.)(2014), Global leadership practices: A cross cultural management perspective, Palgrave Macmillan; R. Steers et al.(2013), Management across cultures, Cambridge University Press; D. Thomas (2008), Cross cultural management, Sage.


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

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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