Inter-Cultural Management - 2012

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2012: SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (20%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2012 Fees
Domestic 1,178.00
Domestic continuing 967.00
HECS 1,178.00
International 1,403.00
International continuing 1,192.00

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This unit aims to develop inter-cultural awareness and effectiveness in global business context, and the successful implementation of strategy, structure and systems in inter-cultural management. It examines corporate and personal ethical behaviour in a global economy. There is a strong emphasis on teamwork in various forms of case study analysis of actual business situations. The focus is on the 'people problems' that invariably arise in international business relationships. The unit also provides practical experience in working in self-managed teams, reporting, analysing and presenting ideas in a formal and informal manner.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of inter-cultural issues in a management context
  2. identify inter-cultural issues and critically analyse them
  3. gather relevant information and evaluate it from cultural perspectives
  4. use the acquired models and concepts to solve inter-cultural problems
  5. use the acquired models and concepts to design inter-culturally sensitive approaches
  6. conduct an independent inter-cultural analysis
  7. work with prepared materials and present them coherently in ad-hoc teams
  8. critically evaluate own work and that of other students.
  • Case Study (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Report (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to inter-cultural management - the global manager
2A conceptual framework - the MBI model & Hofstede's dimensions of culture & comparative analysis, how to analyse a case study & write business reports
3Implementing strategy structure & systems 1 - culture & communication
4Implementing strategy structure & systems 2 - organisational culture, joint ventures & inter-cultural management
5Implementing strategy structure & systems 3 - dispute resolution
6Implementing strategy structure & systems 4 - expatriate assignments & women in international business
7Ethics, leadership & international business

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

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This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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