Teacher: Colin Osland
Welcome to the module! I hope that you find it worthwhile, challenging and interesting. The course aims to draw on your lived experience of culture and also the research on cultural differences. It aims to provide a useful base for those finding themselves working in multicultural settings, and also for those managing in multicultural settings. The course has as one of its main focuses therefore the work on cultural differences in relation to organisations and management, but this is by no means its only focus. The course aims to provide understanding and stimulate reflection but does not try solely to give ‘tips for managers’, but rather attempts to stimulate thought and reflection, including self-analysis leading to self-understanding.
Lesson 1-3 – Introduction to Cultural Differences Exercises
Lesson 4 – What is culture? PPT presentation plus exercises
Lesson 5 – Theories and models of Cultural Differences PPT presentation plus Hofstede video and exercises.
Lesson 6 – Multicultural Teams PPT presentation plus exercises.
Lesson 7 – Intercultural Business Negotiation activities plus videos and exercises.
Lesson 8 – Cultural Differences in Business Video Examples
Lesson 9 – An introduction to British culture PPT presentation plus video and quiz
Lessons 10-11 – Cultural Differences Articles
Lesson 12 – Your individual country presentations
Assessment: Presentation 100%
The aims of the module are to:
* Start students on the path of examining their own cultural background and how this might have influenced perceptions and values
* Consider and critically evaluate the major research findings on cultural differences and how they relate to organisations.
* Explore the implications of the research findings on cultural differences for various aspects of human resource management practices and policies.
At the end of the module students will be able to:
1. Articulate the importance of culture and of appreciating cultural differences
2. Start to assess how their own culture may have influenced their values, beliefs and behaviours
3. Identify and evaluate some of the major models and research findings that have influenced our understanding of cultural differences and how they impact on organisations and management.
4. Identify some of the implications of cultural differences for managing organisations, for example, designing expatriate programmes, managing multicultural teams.