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International Business Administration

Intercultural Management Training

Name of module in english: Intercultural Management Training

Exam number: 6642

Semester: From 1st semester

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: Every summer semester

Prerequisites: Space is limited to 20 students. To get enrolled, it is necessary to apply for participation after the introductory session via Email including your transcript and a motivation letter to For more information, please visit the introductory session on 12 Apr 2018, at 9 am, in HG 023-024 (read more).

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Jochen Koch

Name of the professor: Madeleine Rauch, Dr. Matthias Wenzel

Language of teaching: English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Course time 30 h.; Self study: 150 h.

Contact hours (per week in semester): 2

Methods and duration of examination:
Intercultural Keyword: Every participant is assigned one keyword relevant to the field of intercultural management. The task is to research the keyword and its meaning and relevance within the field and to prepare a poster, which is supposed to both informative and vivid. The poster will be due before the seminar. During the seminar, every participant is supposed to present his/her poster, giving a 5-minute ad hoc presentation of his/her keyword. The presentation is supposed to be fluent, held freely and be well structured. Intercultural Case Study: After the seminar, the participants will be handed a case study showing an intercultural problem. The task is to describe and analyze the problem referring to concepts of intercultural management discussed in the seminar (max. 1500 words) and to present theory-based and practical recommendations for solving the problem (max. 500 words). The final course grade will be calculated as follows: Poster: 25%, Ad hoc presentation: 25%, Case study: 50%

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
Ability to analyze typical problems of intercultural management. Experience and notice complex intercultural problem arenas. Work on possible solutions. Independent research on and presentation of a keyword connected to intercultur management. 

Contents of the module:
The aim of the seminar is to raise awareness for potential problems of intercultural management and to provide options for solving them. In a highly interactive format, students will be enabled to experience critical intercultural situations through the use of simulations, case studies and group exercises. This helps to not only understand issues of intercultural management, but to actually feel them. After every exercise, the experiences will be discussed and analyzed on a theoretical level, generating long-lasting insights through self-reflection. 

Teaching and learning methods:
Exercises, role plays and case studies

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Adler, N. J. (1983). A typology of management studies involving culture. Journal of International Business Studies, 14(2), 29-47.  
Adler, N. J., & Bartholomew, S. (1992). Managing globally competent people. The Executive, 6(3), 52-65.  
Hofstede, G. (1994). The business of international business is culture. International Business Review, 3(1), 1-14.  
Hofstede, G., & Bond, M. H. (1988). The confucius connection: From cultural roots to economic growth. Organizational Dynamics, 16(4), 5-21. Hofstede, G. (1983). National cultures in four dimensions: A research-based theory of cultural differences among nations. International Studies of Management & Organization, 13(1/2), 46-74.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.