MG4D4      Half Unit
Cross Cultural Management

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Hyun-Jung Lee NAB 4.15


This course is available on the MBA Exchange, MRes/PhD in Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Human Resource Management/CIPD), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management), MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour), MSc in Management (1 Year Programme) and MSc in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 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 to understand the diverse perspectives of people from different cultures is a necessity in order to achieve a competitive advantage in the 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 opportunities in managing people across cultures; and, to become more self-aware of our cultural conditioning, individual biases and assumptions.

Topics include i) understanding cultures and cultural conditioning, ii) analytical frameworks of cross-cultural comparisons, iii) multicultural teams, iv) managing global organisations, v) ethical dilemmas and global responsibility of multinational corporations, vi) cross-cultural communication, vii) global leadership and cultural intelligence, viii) international assignments and global careers.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

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 various class exercises including role playing. 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 easily accessible introductory discussions. Most of the course reading is taken from journals. A full reading list will be provided in the syllabus at the start of the course.

Gehrke, B. and Claes , M-T. (eds.) (2014), Global leadership practices: A cross cultural management perspective, Palgrave Macmillan 

Steers, R.,  et al. (2016), Management across cultures (3rd ed.), Cambridge University Press

Thomas, D. D., and Peterson, M. (2014). Cross cultural management (2nd edition). London: Sage.


Essay (50%), project (40%) and class participation (10%).

The essay is completed individually, and the project is completed as part of a group.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2020/21: 65

Average class size 2020/21: 11

Controlled access 2020/21: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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