The aim of the module is to look at cultural and comparative organisational issues in international management, in such a way that students learn from the literature, at the same time as applying their own experience and variety to their understanding both of the research literature, and of one another.

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Use the work of Hofstede as a means of studying cultural issues in international management, and as a means of encouraging free discussion of cultural variety as contained within the student group.
  • Understand corporate, organisational and institutional structures as they apply within different countries and regions, and to show how variety in these affects management both within and between these countries.
  • Appreciate country and regional comparisons which illustrate the issues raised in 1 and 2 above (e.g. U.S.A./Japan, U.S.A./Mexico, U.K./France, and so on).
  • Gain understanding and insight as to how domestic and multinational companies respond to the challenges raised by 1 and 2 above. 
  • Use real-world events (if appropriate events occur during the running of the module) to illustrate the theories and ideas under discussion. (Using events occurring in real time requires retaining some discretion over the unfolding of the syllabus).
  • Use the diversity of the student body as a resource, to enrich the understanding of the topics covered by the module.