Course Title: Managing Across Cultures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Managing Across Cultures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


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,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


630H Management


Viet2 2017,
Viet3 2017,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet2 2020,
Viet1 2021,
Viet2 2021,
Viet3 2021,
Viet2 2022,
Viet1 2023,
Viet3 2023,
Viet2 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Narges Kia

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0000

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80.9

Course Coordinator Availability: By email appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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


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

CLO1: Analyse and evaluate business opportunities and challenges in a global sociocultural environment.

CLO2: Critically analyse the relationship between managers’ job roles, organisational objectives and the sociocultural environment.

CLO3: Develop culturally sensitive business decisions in a local and global environment

CLO4: Integrate a range of insights, skills and abilities to advance cross-cultural competence.

CLO5: Articulate and present a range of clear and coherent cross-cultural theoretical accounts proffered to help managers succeed within a global business environment

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will comprise of 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

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and 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: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2, 4

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

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.