Time: 1.10. – 13.12.2020
Place: Learn digital learning environment
Extent: 5 ECTS cr
Number of study places: 100
Target group: All that are interested in this subject
Required previous skills: Ability to study at Bachelor level
Lecturer: Dr. Arup Barua

Credited in degree: All Bachelor level degrees at Xamk
Enrolment by: 20.9.2020
Price: Free of charge

Please notice, that these studies are not for Xamk degree students.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding cultural diversity
  • Awareness of a cross-cultural environment
  • Management practices in diverse cultures
  • Dealing with cross-cultural complications
  • Recognize, evaluate and analyze the global management complexity
  • Cultural consideration on team building, training, and staffing policies
  • Managing employees across national cultures

Contents and methods:

•    What is culture?
•    Different types of cultural theories and models
•    The cross-cultural conceptualization
•    The social relationship in the cross-cultures
•    The way of intercultural communication
•    Leadership in the cross-cultural environment?
•    How  to motivate team members across cultures
•    How to manage employees within the cultures

You can complete this course independently at your own pace.

This course doesn't contain live lessons.

Study material:

Discussion topics
Session 1: Meaning of the culture
Session 2: Various cultural theories and models
Session 3: Conceptualising culture
Session 4: Cross-cultural workplace
Session 5: Intercultural communication
Session 6: Cross-cultural leadership
Session 7: Motivation and exchange
Session 8: Managing within cultures

Text books:

If you are not able to find these books, you can still participate the course and do the tasks based on material provided by the lecturer.

Ray French (2007), Cross-Cultural Management in work organizations. London: Chartered institute of personnel and development.

Schneider, S. C., & Barsoux, J. L. (2003). Managing across cultures. (2nd ed.) Harlow, England: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

Additional Reading:

Thomas, D. C. (2008). Cross-cultural management: Essential concepts. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Knein, E., Greven, A., Bendig, D., & Brettel, M. (2020). Culture and cross-functional coopetition: The interplay of organizational and national culture. Journal of International Management, Vol. 26 (2).

Venkateswaran, R. T., & Ojha, A. K. (2019). Abandon Hofstede-based research? Not yet! A perspective from the philosophy of the social sciences. Asia Pacific Business Review, Vol 25 (3), pp 413-434. Ei löydy.


Part 1 (80 points):
Self-paced learning

  • Individual participation
  • Quizzes on the topics
  • Each topic belongs to 10 points

Part 2 (20 points):
Own project  (3000 words):
Culture is a software (i.e., collective programming) of the mind that characterizes and differentiates human groups.  Consequently, if the culture of a leader is different from team members in an international environment of a company, serious misunderstanding, confusion, and misinterpretation happen that affect organizational effectiveness, efficiency, corporate image, reputation, and branding.

Now you think that you are a manager/managing director of a company. You are working in a branch office in another country where national culture is different from your own country.  However, you have to manage the employees properly considering their national culture.  Now the question is how you can manage the employees considering Hofstede’s cultural dimensions?  In report writing, you can choose two countries where national cultures are different. You can compare the national cultures of that two countries from this link https://www.hofstede-insights.com/product/compare-countries/

  • The report should have 3000 words. You should submit the pdf file on the submission folder.

Grading scale:

The evaluation depends on:
a.    Automatic assessment
b.    Professional doings
c.    Progressive idea
d.    Ethical principles
e.    Critical thinking and writing
f.    Proper referencing (XAMK)

XAMK grading scale:
89 – 100 points = 5
77 – 88 points = 4
65 – 76 points = 3
53 – 64 points = 2
40 – 52 points = 1
0 – 39 points = Failed

This course is based on the curricula of Xamk's degree programmes and the Finnish credits are fully compatible with the ECTS.

Additional information on enrolment:
Open University of Applied Sciences office, email openstudies@xamk.fi.

Terms of cancellation: 
Cancellation has to be made 14 days before the course starts. Cancellation by email to openstudies@xamk.fi.

You'll receive an invitation by email to this course approx. one week before the course starts.