Cross-Cultural Management


Course Code (Undergraduate): /

Course Code (Postgraduate): 2079267

48 Contact Hours

7.5 ECTS points Credit Points

Course Description

This course aims at providing students with an understanding of how to effectively manage cultural differences in businesses in Asia today.
Students will be provided with important insight into the process of internationalising a company and the implications it has on management both within and across businesses. An introduction to the key concepts and theories will be presented to help students understand the elements necessary for the management of human resources in such a diverse contemporary workforce. The course also explores the problems and opportunities likely to be encountered in decades to come in the Asia Pacific. Students will be expected to apply what they learnt to solve common business issues in the Asian business environment.
Through field trips, analysing case studies and conducting individual research students are challenged to think critically on the significance of cultural understanding in managing employees from different backgrounds. This course equips students with a fundamental understanding of cross-cultural dynamics in a multi-cultural business to avoid expensive litigation and payment of damages.


Schedule and Topics

1. Introduction to Cross Culture Management.
2. Developing cultural acceptance and understanding.
3. Managing human resources in a globally diverse environment.
4. Challenges of cross cultural management.
5. The political, economical, and social aspects of global enterprises.
6. Applying culture-based strategies for optimal negotiation.
7. Decision-Making in a Cross-Cultural Context.
8. Organizational Structure and Control Systems.
9. Human resource development across cultures.
10. Cross cultural communications.
11. Leadership styles in different regions.
12. Managing a global career.
13. Cultural perspectives regarding social responsibility and ethical practice.


Class quiz (20%);
Individual research report (30%);
Final examination (50%)。


This course is open to postgraduate students.

Reference Books

Required textbook:
Paul Sweeney & Dean Mcfarlin, 5th edition, 2015: International Management – Strategic Opportunities and Cultural Challenges. Published by Routledge. ISBN 9780415825283.

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Course Code (Undergraduate): /
Course Code (Postgraduate): 2079267


学时: 48 Contact Hours
学分: 7.5 ECTS points
语言: English, 中文
课程开放日期:28 June 2021
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