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NBS8061 : Managing Across Cultures

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kristina Humonen
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


• To provide an overview of cross-cultural management issues in social sciences, particularly at individual, group and organisational levels and in a global work context including understanding their relevance for international business.
• To enable students to undertake formal analysis of cross-cultural issues and problems and encourage them to critically evaluate various assumptions about international management practice.
• To encourage students to critically analyse how cross-cultural issues become prominent in international business and why they can’t be always followed and/or adopted by employing economic rationality.

Outline Of Syllabus

Indicative Outline Of Syllabus

1. What is culture: perspectives and definitions
2. Types and dimensions of culture: An exploration of the link between national, regional, industry and organisational cultures.
3. Cultural differences: experiences and management at the level of individuals
4. Culture, language and communication in multicultural teams and organisations
5. Link between culture and ethics in the practices of organisations operating international contexts

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture52:0010:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide the students with theoretical and practical knowledge. This is complemented by private independent study by the students. The seminars provide an opportunity for extended learning through exploration of cross-cultural differences within the student group to apply their knowledge into practice.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Individual assignment (1500 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MStudents engage in problem solving exercises and activities with feedback during seminars to scaffold learning for the final assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The reflective report allows the students to demonstrate their appreciation of managing across cultures and to reflect on the insight gained from different perspectives developed in the module. The feedback from formative assessments helps support students as they prepare their reflective report.

Reading Lists