Course Title: Managing Across Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing Across Cultures

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BUSM3127

City Campus

Postgraduate

630H Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

BUSM4488

RMIT University Vietnam

Postgraduate

630H Management

Face-to-Face

Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Irene Ling Deng

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5168

Course Coordinator Email: ling.deng@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus. 80.09.29

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

Success in the global economy requires a broad range of knowledge and skills related to both the ‘hard’ aspects of business such as raw materials, products, finance and logistics and the ‘soft’ aspects such as personnel management, marketing and strategy. At the centre of these endeavours is the manager, for whom the stakes are high and the learning curve perpetual. In order to succeed in this complex environment, managers must understand how to work with organisations and other people around the world.

This course, therefore, deals with the issues involved in managing in different cultural and institutional environments and is divided into three modules: challenges facing global managers; developing global understanding; and developing global management skills. Within those modules the course focuses on cultural, organisational and situational environments.

This course will emphasise a mindset of lifelong learning rather than proffering a set of ‘answers’ to the challenges facing global managers, in the belief that this prepares managers for the mindset that will be required of them in the dynamic world of global business.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Predict the kinds of opportunities and challenges that managers are likely to face in a global environment.
  2. Recognise the relationship between managers’ job roles, organisational objectives and the external environment.
  3. Evaluate local and global environments and make suitable choices amongst available alternatives.
  4. Identify the types of insights, skills and abilities managers need to develop inter-cultural competence.
  5. Evaluate a range of theoretical accounts proffered to help managers succeed within a global business environment.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be delivered via 3-hr lectorials and online. It will comprise eleven core topics and three assessment tasks.
Successful participants in this course will engage with the facilitator and other participants and undertake regular preparatory work. Independent learning and active participation are cornerstones of adult learning and will lead to success in global business as well as this course. As a guide, independent and active participation in this course would include the following:

  • reading the weekly text book chapters and journal articles
  • watching or listening to recommended audio visual materials
  • resolving questions brought up by the above, or raising further questions through additional independent research from appropriate resources (e.g. a combination of peer reviewed articles, practitioner journals, current affairs etc.)
  • critical reflection on the above, leading to preparation for participation in discussion forums.


Overview of Learning Resources

Online learning resources and content for your unit will be made available each week in myRMIT/Blackboard. These resources will include journal articles, media articles, suggestions for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. Important announcements relating to the unit will also be made via myRMIT/Blackboard.

You will also be expected to undertake independent research and locate appropriate references through the RMIT online journal library (peer reviewed articles), practitioner journals, current affairs etc. Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 2, 4

Assessment Task 2: 35%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.