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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Cross-cultural Management
Module Code HR310
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aurora Trif
Semester 2: Adeela Farqan
Autumn: Aurora Trif
Module TeachersAurora Trif
Janine Bosak
Fiona Buckley
Eugene Hickland
Jennifer Dann
Adeela Farqan
Sean Dempsey
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module aims to develop among students the awareness and skills necessary for dealing competently with cultural diversity when operating in international business. The main objective of this module is to equip students with a critical understanding of the relationship between national culture and business in different parts of the world, in particular the cultural dimensions that need to be considered for managing people. Also, students will get an insight into selected legislative and institutional differences across countries/regions. Finally, the module aims to equip students with the skills to apply analytical frameworks to specific cases and to work in a multicultural team.

Learning Outcomes

1. Examine the importance of cross-cultural management, by analyzing theoretical and empirical studies on national cultures and business.
2. Discuss a range of international management practices and how culture impacts upon them.
3. Compare management models and their implications for management in different national / regional contexts.
4. Identify and evaluate the challenges and opportunities of doing business in different countries.
5. Display an understanding of cultural difference in interactions with different nationalities.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Group work25No Description
Independent Study78No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

National culture & cultural dimensions
The relationship between national culture and business in different parts of the world.

Institutional distance & varieties of capitalism
The relationship between national institutions and business in different parts of the world.

Culture and organization
Key factors affecting managing people in multinational companies.

Balancing integration and localisation in IHRM
Key factors affecting standardisation and adaptation of HRM in multinational companies.

Communication across cultures
Verbal and non-verbal communication.

National culture and business ethics
The relationship between ethics and business in different parts of the world.

Chinese business culture
Key factors affecting business and managing people in China.

Arabic business culture
Key factors affecting business and managing people in Arab countries.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group assignmentGroup presentation + group essay30%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Schneider, S., Stahl G. and Barsoux, J.L.: 2014, Managing Across Cultures, 3rd, Financial Times/Prentice Hall, London,
  • Lewis, R. D.: 2006, When Cultures Collide – Leading Across Cultures, 3rd, Nicholas Brealey International, London:,
  • Adler, N.J.: 2008, International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour, 5th, South Western/Thomson Learning, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Other Resources

14655, Website, Hofstede, G., 0, Cultural dimensions - countries comparison, http://geert-hofstede.com/countries.html, 14656, Website, Lewis, R., 0, National and personal cultural profiles, http://www.crossculture.com/services/online-tools/,
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