Managing Across Cultures - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Personal cultural reflection (25%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,600.00
International 3,850.00

Success in the global economy requires a broad range of knowledge and skills related to both the ‘hard’ aspects of business such as raw materials, products, finance and logistics and the ‘soft’ aspects such as personnel management, marketing and strategy. At the centre of these endeavours is the manager, for whom the stakes are high and the learning curve perpetual. In order to succeed in this complex environment, managers must understand how to work with organisations and other people around the world.

This unit, therefore, deals with the issues involved in managing in different cultural and institutional environments and is divided into three modules: challenges facing global managers; developing global understanding; and developing global management skills. Within those modules the course focuses on cultural, organisational and situational environments.

This unit will emphasise a mindset of lifelong learning rather than proffering a set of ‘answers’ to the challenges facing global managers, in the belief that this prepares managers for the mindset that will be required of them in the dynamic world of global business.

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. predict the kinds of opportunities and challenges that managers are likely to face in a global environment
  2. recognise the relationship between managers’ job roles, organisational objectives and the external environment
  3. evaluate local and global environments and make suitable choices amongst available alternatives
  4. identify the types of insights, skills and abilities managers need to develop inter-cultural competence
  5. evaluate a range of theoretical accounts proffered to help managers succeed within a global business environment.

In the course you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  1. critical analysis and problem solving
  2. cultural and social awareness.
  • Assignment 1 — Personal cultural reflection (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (35%)
  • Assignment 3 — Case study research topic (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Global Realities
2Managers in a global business environment
3The cultural environment
4The organisational environment
5The situational environment
6Communicating across cultures
7Negotiation across cultures
8Leading global organisations
9Managing a Global workforce
10Working with global teams
11Living and working globally

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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