Cross-Cultural Management - BUSN7460

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Miguel Torres checkmark-circle


This module offers a comprehensive introduction to the area of cross-cultural management research. Based on a critical analysis of the assumptions underlying various approaches to studying national cultures, frameworks are applied to understand cross-cultural issues managers in international organisations may face. Indicative topics are:
• Management and culture
• Different approaches to cross-cultural management
• Cultural-frameworks and its application
• Roles of the global manager
• Global management challenges


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 21
Private study hours: 129
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group Presentation (20%)
Individual Reflective Report (2,000 words) (40%)
Individual Essay (2,000 words) (40%)

Reassessment method:
100% coursework

Indicative reading

Browaeys, M-J. & Price, R. (2013) Understanding Cross-cultural Management, 2nd edition, Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall

Deresky, H. (2017). International Management: Managing Across Borders and Cultures, 9th edition, Harlow: Pearson

Primecz, H, L. Romain & S. Sackman (2011) Cross-cultural Management in practice, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Branine, M (2011) Managing Across Cultures, London: Sage

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- examine different approaches to study cross-cultural management at different levels of culture, in particular, at the level of national culture;
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of traditional and current approaches to study differences between cultures;
- examine the effects of cross-cultural differences in a range of managerial areas
- demonstrate critical awareness of the underlying assumptions and problems of traditional approaches to study differences between cultures;
- critically evaluate alternative approaches to study cultural differences and understand their practical relevance

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- apply underlying concepts and principles to a variety of relevant contexts;
- draw on existing research to initiate and undertake critical analysis of new information, and to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis;
- communicate information, arguments, and analysis, both orally and in writing
- work effectively and take shared responsibility in groups.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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