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Cross-Cultural Management

Cross-Cultural Management

Code: IBU2LK001

Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)

Timing: Semester 5

Language: English

Level: Professional studies

Type: Compulsory

Prerequisites

No prerequisites. The course is a part of the International Business Module.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student knows the basic concepts and principles of cross-cultural management. S/he understands how the cross-cultural issues in the international business environment affect the firm. S/he will have improved her ability to cope with different cross-cultural business situations and will have acquired skills needed for the analysis of the cross-cultural issues.

Contents

  • Concept of culture
  • Finnish / domestic culture
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • Cultural dimensions from different perspectives
  • Cultural links to business culture and organization

Cooperation with business community

The course forms an essential component in the International Business Module, where learning is linked to business contacts.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact lessons and exam 32 h
Self-study 48 h
The assessment of one's own learning 1 h

A selected country will be analyzed using concepts related to cultural differences. Potential effects of cultural diversity on the internationalization plan in the International Business Module will be studied.

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Contact teachers

Sami Hartikainen

Course materials

Ferraro, G.P. 2009. The Cultural Dimension of International Business. International Edition.  Pearson Education. Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Lewis. R. D. 2007. Finland, Cultural Lone Wolf. Nicolas Brealey Publishing. London.
Lecture notes
Articles (topical)

Assessment

Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0). The assessment criterias are presented on scale 1 to 5.

Grade/Object

1 (min. 40 %
of the objective)
3 (min. 70 %
of the objective)
5 (min. 90 %
of the objective)

Knowledge

 

Understands the basic concepts  and principles of cross-cultural management. Acknowledges that  the cross-cultural related issues in the international business environment affect the company and the business environment.

Understands the concepts and principles of cross-cultural management. Understands  how  the cross-cultural related issues in the international business environment affect the company and the business environment.

 

Understands well the concepts and principles of cross-cultural management.

Understands well  how  the cross-cultural related issues in the international business environment affect the company and the business environment.

Skills

 

Is contributing to the teamwork of exploring foreign economic, political and cultural environments. Performs basic market analysis. Acknowledges the challenges in cross-cultural situations.

Is capable to some extent  individually of exploring foreign economic, political and cultural environments. Performs well market analysis. Will have improved ability to cope with different cross-cultural business situations.

Is capable individually of exploring foreign economic, political and cultural environments. Performs well  the in deep market analysis. Will have improved ability to cope with different cross-cultural business situations and will have acquired skills for the cross-cultural analysis with the learned cultural dimensions -tools.

Competence

Participates the teamwork but is a passive member. Own initiative mostly missing.

Participates the teamwork well and makes some own initiative as well.

Participates actively the teamwork. Positive attitude, keeps the group going and respects dead-lines.

Assessment criteria

Examination 50 %
Assignments 50 %
The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.