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MN50451: Cross-cultural management

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: The aim of this unit is to develop students' understanding of cross-cultural work and management in global corporations through the study of a selection of cases and theoretical frameworks. The unit will focus (but not exclusively) on global professional service firms (e.g. accountancies and management consultancies) and examine the implications of cultural and institutional differences on a range of substantive areas, including transnational knowledge transfer and global teamwork.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, students should be able to:
* Explain why and how national cultures/institutions influence work and management in global corporations
* Apply relevant theoretical frameworks to analyse, reflect on and explain cross-cultural work and management situations
* Reflect critically on cross-cultural work and management problems
* Use previous academic research and empirical evidence to analyse cross-cultural problems and situations
* Explain how the various course topics in this unit interrelate

Skills: By the end of this unit, students should have acquired the following skills:
* Ability to think analytically and critically about cross-cultural situations and problems (T/F/A)
* Ability to develop and communicate coherent arguments based on an evaluation of prior research and evidence (T/F/A)
* Ability to reflect on prior knowledge and experience and to apply these to new knowledge and situations (F)
Transferable Skills
* Ability to juxtapose theory and practice (T/F/A)
* Ability to communicate complex information clearly and precisely (T/F)
* Analytical and critical skills (T/F)
* Research and writing skills (F)
* Communication skills (F)
* Cross-cultural management skills (F)

Content: Indicative content is:
* Operating across nations
* Understanding home- and host-country effects
* Understanding power and politics
* Managing global talent
* Working in global teams
* Transferring knowledge across nations
* Implementing English as the firm's lingua franca.

Programme availability:

MN50451 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

School of Management

MN50451 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management


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