MAN-30056 - Comparative Business Cultures
Coordinator: Paul L Forrester Room: DW1.20 Tel: +44 1782 7 33602
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 175
School Office: 01782 733094

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

Business Management Combined Honours (Level 6)
Business Management Minor (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Level 6)
Liberal Arts Single Honours (Masters) (Level 6)
Management (Business Management) Single Honours (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective





Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

Much of the literature on business culture presents and promotes standardised approaches to doing business in the globalised world. This module opens up this unhelpful and homogenised view of business culture by focusing on the difference and diversity of business cultures across the world. The module offers a sophisticated introduction to theoretical perspectives on management in the context of globalisation, and considers international business cultures with reference to theories and typologies of organisational and national culture.

To consider the role that culture plays in the international operation of business
To explore how distinctive business cultures emerge
To examine the relative strengths and weaknesses of diverse business cultures
To identify and consider the social, political, economic, institutional, ethical and technological factors that shape the business cultures across time and space

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify and explain the emergence of distinctive business cultures: 1,2
Critically evaluate what constitutes a business culture and how it can be defined and assessed, using contemporary literature on national and organisational culture: 1,2
Critically analyse successful business cultures to assess what constitutes "success" in given cases: 1,2
Apply existing theoretical literature on business culture to a study of a distinctive case: 1,2
Develop a practical insight to working internationally, including expatriatism and managing culturally diverse organisations and teams: 1,2

Study hours

23 hours of scheduled learning: lectures (10x1hrs), tutorials (10x1hrs), staff-group meetings (3hrs)
25 hours of group work
100 hours of private study and preparation
2 hour poster event

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 60%
2500 word essay
A 2500-word essay from a choice of 2 essay questions.

2: Poster Presentation weighted 40%
Group poster event
Groups of 4-6 students will prepare and present visual representation of topics or themes relating to the course material. Posters will be simultaneously displayed and presented at an event in the final week of teaching. This event will be attended by all students and at least one member of academic staff in addition to the module leader. The mark will be determined by a combination of peer and tutor-based assessment.