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CROSS-CULTURAL MANAGEMENT

This course explores cultural influences on organizations and on the people working within them. Emphasis is placed on learning how to “learn culture” using methods for scanning the cultural assumptions of group; bringing personally held cultural assumptions to consciousness; gaining exposure to the cultures of a variety of different regions, nations, and groups and considering their organizational and managerial implications; and facilitating communication and cooperation across cultures. Personal and managerial skills are developed to enhance performance in multicultural environments. Course Objectives: After successfully completing this course, students will be able to: • Understand the Integrated Cultural Framework  • Appreciate the role of culture (both internal and external) in organizations  • More fully understand the communication/culture/change link  • Better appreciate the value of cultural diversity  • Have a more realistic view of international careers, including the impact on lifestyle  • Define leadership  • Contrast management and leadership  • See the international dimensions of leadership  • See the international and cultural dimensions of ethics  • Negotiate cross-culturally  • Apply the various concepts from this course to real-world situations  • Analyze cases involving cross-cultural aspects of business  • Write about cross-cultural issues  • Orally present cross-cultural case analyses Required Readings  Adler, N.J.& Gunderson, A. (2007) International dimensions of organizational behavior (5th Ed.). Cincinnati, OH: South-Western.   Mallinger, M. & Rossy, G. (1999). Integrated cultural framework.   Cohen, E. (2007) “Global considerations for corporate universities” In M. Allen (ed.), The next generation of corporate universities. San Francisco: Pfeiffer.  This paper should be written with your current situation in mind and looking forward, but not applying the course’s concepts retrospectively to a past situation. Among the questions you should address in this paper are:  • What are the most relevant concepts from the course to you? • How do you anticipate those concepts impacting you professionally? • How will you apply these concepts to your future work?  • (Optional) What from this course has made an impact on you personally or professionally as you have progressed through this course?  • What from this course do you anticipate having the greatest impact on you professionally as you move forward in your career?  • Knowing what you know after taking this course, what will you do differently from now on?  As you answer these questions, be as specific as possible. Don’t just say, “I found the concept of culture to be relevant to me.” Write specifically about how you would apply a certain model to a situation. The important criteria in this paper are application and specificity. Your success in this paper will depend not only on how well you demonstrate an understanding of concepts, but on how well you can apply them to real world situations. The more specificity you bring to your discussion, the better the application will be. This paper should be written at a level consistent with a graduate program. However, as this is a highly personal paper, it is acceptable—and advisable—to write in the first-person. Think of this paper as telling a story—a personal one about you and your work.