BMGT43390 Cross Cultural Mgmt (MSc Bus)

Academic Year 2023/2024

As a result of a process of globalization at both societal and organisational level, it is important to be aware of cultural differences as well as similarities in order to be able to effectively function in culturally diverse organisations. The purpose of this module is to provide students with the fundamental skills for managing themselves and others in a multicultural environment. "Cross-Cultural Management" is the practice of applying management principles in a multicultural environment by describing organizational behaviour, analysing and comparing organizational behaviour in different countries.

In this module, you will learn about the challenges that managers of both domestic and international businesses face in managing across cultural boundaries. The focus will be on national cultural differences and processes at the individual, group and organizational levels.
Since this is a Masters level course that builds on concepts from Org. Behaviour and related areas, such as HR, students should familiarise themselves with basic O.B. concepts prior to taking the course to aid their learning.

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Learning Outcomes:

After completing this module, students should:
1. Gain an in-depth understanding of the nature of culture, the theories and frameworks that help in highlighting similarities and differences across cultures, and comparative business practices and behaviours.
2. Be able to apply these theories and concepts to a range of different cultural and organisational settings.
3. Be able to analyse and synthesise different theories and concepts and critically evaluate their usefulness in addressing the problems of managing people from different cultures.
4. Improve their ability to work in, manage and lead culturally diverse groups and teams.
5. Increase their awareness of the social, political and ethical issues related to globalisation.

Indicative Module Content:

This module aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in cross-cultural management. It will focus on the impact of culture at the level of the individual, the team and the organisation. It will demonstrate how cultural factors influence behaviours in the workplace and will develop the skills needed to manage effectively in cross-cultural situations. The course will require students to reflect on their own cultural values and experiences, and help prepare them for the future challenges of an international business career. If I am successful in my teaching, this module will not only expand your knowledge in management but will also start a personal-transformation process.

Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Organisational Behaviour module (UG or PG)
If you didn't take an OB or HR module you are requested to read a recently published textbook on OB. List of recommended texts include those by:

S McShane & M Von Glinow
Ivanovich, Konopaske & Matteson
Kinicki & Kreitner

Learning Exclusions:

If you took CCM in UCD as an undergraduate, you may find a considerable overlap in the topics covered in the MSc module.

Learning Recommendations:

Organisational Behaviour module (UG or PG)
Human Resources (UG/PG)

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Country Report Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Expatriate Interview Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Research Project Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Essay: Reflective Essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Essay: Case Study 1 - Analysis Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Essay: Case Study 2 - Analysis Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

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Name Role
Dr Brona Russell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer

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