International Business Studies FT
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Cross Cultural Management

level of course unit

2. Study cycle, Master

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students:
• know and recognize the differences and similarities of different cultures and can name them.
• know the basics of intercultural and international management and can foresee and consider central challenges in the context of interculturality - especially with regard to management decisions.
• can reflect their own assumptions and attitudes against the background of different cultures.
• are personally able to move confidently in intercultural teams.

prerequisites and co-requisites


course contents

• Concept of culture and cultural models
• Sensitization for international and multicultural working environments
• Based on culture-specific characteristics according to Hofstede, Trompenaars, Thomas, etc., the meaningful use of management tools adapted to cultural characteristics is developed in order to lead international teams and solve intercultural conflicts

recommended or required reading

• Hofstede, Geert; Hofstede, Gert J.; Minkov, Michael: Cultures and Organizations. McGraw-Hill (latest edition)
• Mead, Richard; Andrews, Tim G.: International Management. Wiley-Blackwell (latest edition)
• Thomas, David C.; Peterson, Mark F.: Cross-Cultural Management. Sage (latest edition)
• Trompenaars, Fons; Hampden-Turner, Charles: Riding the waves of culture. Nicholas Brealey Publishing (latest edition)
• Recent articles from professional journals

assessment methods and criteria

Term paper

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

Blended Learning

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name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Peter Dietrich

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type of course unit

integrated lecture

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