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Global Immersion

  • Module code: BH7582
  • Year: 2018/9
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 15
  • Pre-requisites: None
  • Co-requisites: None

Summary

This module is designed to introduce you to key theoretical and practical aspects of human interaction occurring across cultural boundaries in a global context. It provides a structured approach to identifying, reflecting and analysing your first-hand knowledge and experience about the culture and commerce of another country, thus developing your ability and confidence to work in the global work environment.

Aims

  • To develop an in-depth understanding of how culture impacts on behaviour and leadership in new cultural environments and how managerial performance can be enhanced through raising intercultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • To provide a structured process to facilitate students' critical reflection and evaluation of their own intercultural experience and the implications of cultural differences within the global context.
  • To generate intercultural insight, skills and tools which are demonstrably effective in the workplace - both globally and domestically- for building confidence and rapport across cultures in a range of face-to-face and virtual situations.

Learning outcomes

  • To develop an in-depth understanding of how culture impacts on behaviour and leadership in new cultural environments and how managerial performance can be enhanced through raising intercultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • To provide a structured process to facilitate students' critical reflection and evaluation of their own intercultural experience and the implications of cultural differences within the global context.
  • To generate intercultural insight, skills and tools which are demonstrably effective in the workplace - both globally and domestically- for building confidence and rapport across cultures in a range of face-to-face and virtual situations.

Curriculum content

  • Developing a deeper understanding of culture (e.g., emic and etic perspectives on culture)
  • Understanding the nature of intercultural competence
  • Assessing and developing personal competence in intercultural interaction
  • Achieving understanding in intercultural interaction in virtual and face-to-face environments
  • Developing a deeper understanding of leadership across cultures
  • Confronting difference, disadvantage and domination in intercultural interaction
  • Building trust and managing emotion in global teams

Teaching and learning strategy

This module is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and practice their intercultural knowledge and skills through intense immersive intercultural learning. To achieve the learning outcomes of the module, learning will typically be achieved through the active application of conceptual theories to practice. Students will experience a mixture of in-class lectures, whole class discussions, and experiential exercises carried out in individually and small groups together with participation in an international study trip normally organised by the MBA course team to include scheduled in-field company visits and academic briefings. Learning is further supported by selected readings from textbooks and journals, together with Canvas.

Breakdown of Teaching and Learning Hours

Definitive UNISTATS Category Indicative Description Hours
Scheduled learning and teaching 32
Guided independent study 118
Total (number of credits x 10) 150

Assessment strategy

This module makes significant use of feed forward mechanisms to facilitate success in summative assessments. Following pre-departure theoretical and experiential in-class session, students will immerse themselves in a foreign culture during an organised international study trip during which participants begin work on their summative assessments. On return, debriefing theoretical and experiential sessions will be held to consolidate learning and support completion of summative assessments. Students will complete individual written reports based on their learning and reflections on their successes and failures during the process of global immersion. This report is worth 70% of the student's final grade. Students will also collaborate in groups to initiate, plan, and film a short video project (normally 5 minutes) presenting the team's intercultural learning about organisational life as observed in the field during the international study trip. The group video is worth 30%.

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment Strategy (Indicative)

Learning Outcome Assessment Strategy
1) appreciate intercultural competence and cross-cultural management as subjects of study and as fields of practice In-class/study trip activities (formative) and coursework (summative)
2) critically reflect on intercultural misunderstandings which occur as a result of differing behavioural and linguistic patterns In-class/study trip activities (formative) and coursework (summative)
3) demonstrate an ability to work effectively in diverse and multicultural team In-class/study trip activities (formative) and coursework (summative)
4) demonstrate an ability to self-reflect on intercultural competence In-class/study trip activities (formative) and coursework (summative)
5) critically evaluate the impact of cross-cultural differences in the context of a rapidly changing business environment and to make appropriate culturally sensitive recommendations. In-class/study trip activities (formative) and coursework (summative)

Elements of Assessment

Description of Assessment Definitive UNISTATS Categories Percentage
Individual written report Group video report Coursework 1 70%
Group video report Coursework 2 30%
Total (to equal 100%) 100%

Achieving a pass

It IS NOT a requirement that any element of assessment is passed separately in order to achieve an overall pass for the module.

Bibliography core texts

Spencer-Oatey, H., & Franklin, P. 2009. Intercultural Interaction: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Intercultural Communication. Palgrave-Macmillan.

Bibliography recommended reading

Pre- and post-readings are provided for sessions via My Reading Lists in Canvas.  These are drawn from journals such as Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, books and other work by Bird and colleagues, selected chapters/articles from the titles noted below, and video media such as TEDTalks. The specific readings change in response to current affairs and new publications. Below follows a list of texts which provide general background reading and journal titles which offer in-depth coverage of topics.

Adler, N.J, & Gunderson, A. 2008. International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour, Cengage Learning.

Branine, M. 2011. Managing Across Cultures: Concepts, Policies & Practices, Sage.

Comfort, J., & Franklin, P.  2011. The Mindful International Manager. How to work effectively across cultures, Kogan Page.

Dowling, P., Festing, M., & Engle, A.D. 2017 International Human Resource Management, Cengage Learning.

Lane, H., & Maznevski, M.L. 2014. International Management Behaviour: Global and Sustainable Leadership, Blackwell Publishing.

Lane, Maznevski, Mendenhall, & McNett (eds.). 2006. Handbook of Global Management:  A Guide to Managing Complexity, Blackwell Publishing.

Lustig, M.W., & Koester, J. 2006. Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication across Cultures, Pearson.

Matveev, A. 2017. Intercultural Competence in Organizations: A Guide for Leaders, Educators, and Team Players, Springer International Publishing.

Mendenhall, M.E., Osland, J.S., Bird, A., Oddou, G.R., Maznevski, M.L., Stevens, M.J., Stahl, G.K. 2013. Global Leadership: Research, practice, & development, Routledge.

Ozbilgin, M., Tatli, A., & Jonsen, K. 2015. Global Diversity Management: An evidence-based approach, Palgrave Macmillan.

Peng, M. & Meyer, K. 2016. International Business, Cengage Learning.

Shaules, J. 2015. The Intercultural Mind: Connecting Culture, Cognition and Global Living, Intercultural Press.

Journals and magazines

California Management Review

Cross-Cultural Communication and Intercultural Competence

Global Networks

Harvard Business Review

International Journal of Intercultural Relations

International Business Review

International Journal of Cross-cultural and Strategic Management

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Journal of Global Mobility

Journal of International Business Studies

Journal of International and Intercultural Communication

Journal of Organizational Behavior

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