NBS8061 : Managing Across Cultures

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


• To provide an overview of cross-cultural studies in social sciences, especially at individual, group and organisational levels, in work context;
• To enable students to undertake fundamental analysis of cross-cultural issues and problems and encourage them to critically evaluate the assumptions about universal management practice.
• To encourage students to critically analyse how cross-cultural issues become prominent in business practice and why they can’t be ignored 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 completion301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading251:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Lecturer and seminar leader both present at final seminar
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study271:0027:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide the theoretical framework. This is complemented by private study by the students. The seminar provides an opportunity for extended learning through exploration of cross-cultural differences within the student group.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M80Case Study Analysis - 1500 words individual assignment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Group presentation - formative feedback will be given on the presentation which will feed into the case study individual assignment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MStudents prepare notes on case study for peer and tutor discussion during seminars to scaffold learning for final assessment.
Oral Presentation1MGroup presentation with feedback from peers and tutor
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments allow the student to demonstrate their detailed understanding of the subject and learn from experience.

Formative assessment: Group presentation of case study to peers and faculty; semester 1; provides direct formative feedback through Q&A led by the lecturer and indirect formative feedback from observing others groups present. This feedback feeds into the individual assessment - case study analysis.

Reading Lists