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Undergraduate Course: Managing Across Borders and Cultures (BUST10113)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIt has been recognised that firms and managers both shape and are shaped by their cultures and institutional contexts. With globalisation and the increasing internationalisation of businesses, this course responds in particular to the increasing need of future managers, working in a globalised economy, to recognise the influences of national cultures and institutions on organizational and managerial performances and to acquire cross-cultural skills and competencies necessary for enhancing such performances. Furthermore, the course intends to stimulate a critical discussion of cross-cultural and national business issues that often seem to be neglected even by the management of multinational companies. It is believed that a better understanding of these issues will assist future managers in dealing with both cross-cultural and contextualised management challenges and opportunities.

Students will be expected to read the provided lecture materials and relevant literature, to actively participate in discussions and to analyse the readings and the information provided in the lectures and seminars. The objective is to develop a critical understanding of the key issues. Consequently, also the assessment is geared towards identifying, describing, evaluating and discussing those issues by writing and presenting a paper and writing an exam that covers both the lectures and the recommended literature.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Business Studies Honours entry
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAn equivalent to two years of Business courses at University level.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Group presentation 20%
2. Individual essay/ personal reflection: 30%
3. Individual written examination: 50%

The teaching of the course will be a mixture of lectures, group discussions, case studies, seminars, guest lectures, role plays and group presentations. Students will be divided into groups of 4-5 in the first session. As a result students MUST ATTEND the first lecture in week 1. Students will not be permitted late entry to this course. Each group will be expected to make at least a presentation to the rest of the class at some point during the course. The lectures will start with group presentations and these are expected to make use of theory informed practical and relevant examples, and will be assessed on their ability to deliver on this expectation.

In addition to the presentations, each student will be required to submit a 1,400 word limit essay on their assigned topics, and submit a 200 word limit personal reflections on each of the 8 sessions of the course. These personal reflections will be submitted with the individual essays. The individual essays and the personal reflections will jointly and equally constitute 30% (i.e. 15% respectively) of the overall course grade.

There will be an individual written examination at the end of the course, which will constitute 50% of the overall course grade.

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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
Drawing from the broader social sciences (particularly from economic sociology, cultural anthropology, political economy and social psychology), the course will seek to:

Expose students to different and complementary ways of thinking about and explaining organizational and managerial practices.
Introduce students to a much more rigorous use of and deep engagement with relevant academic literature.
Encourage students to explore how theory and practice inform each other, and how organizational and management studies are informed by the broader social sciences.
Engage students in critical reflections and writing.
Encourage students to appreciate the diversity of knowledge and learning through team work.
Reading List
Recommended Text for this course is: Koen, C. I. (2005). Comparative International Management, McGraw-Hill
Further Readings
* Sitkin, A., and Bowen, N. (2010). International business: challenges and choices. Oxford University Press
* Luthans, F., and Doh, J. P. (2009). International Management: culture, strategy, and behaviour. McGraw-Hill Irwin Press
* Schneider, S. C., and Barsoux, J. (2003). Managing Across Cultures. Prentice Hall/FT Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Kenneth Amaeshi
Tel: (0131 6)50 2146
Course secretaryMiss Sara Dennison
Tel: (0131 6)50 3825
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