Students are expected to complete all assessment tasks for this subject. Successful completion of this unit requires the student to achieve at least 50% in total in the assessment tasks offered.
Number and length of classes: 3 hours face-to-face teaching per week, consisting of 1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial.
The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
Tutorial changes can ONLY be made through e-student. Students wishing to change tutorial times should log onto e-student and enrol in a class where there is a vacancy. All questions of an administrative nature in respect of tutorial allocation should be addressed to the Teaching Administrator, in Bldg E4A level 6.
Absences in tutorials
Attendance will be taken in the tutorials. You must attend at least 80% of the tutorials. Medical certificates must be provided if you are not able to attend a class without incurring a penalty. Please read the full policy located at: http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html
Students are expected to arrive on time, and not to leave until the class ends.
Late arrivals and early leaves interrupt the class and your own learning process.
- If you have a recurring problem that makes you late, or forces you to leave early, have the courtesy to discuss this with your lecturer/tutor and provide the necessary documentation/explanation about the nature of the issue. In case, you do not approach the lecturer/tutor, the consistent tardiness/early leaves will count as absence and decrease your attendance rate.
- Arrivals to classes 15 minutes after the class commencement or leaves 15 minutes before the class completion will be regarded as absence.
Students must be quiet during classes, unless of course when class participation is required. Mobile phone must be turned OFF and not simply set to ‘silent’.
Students who disturb or disrupt in lectures and tutorials will be asked to leave.
Prizes for this unit (if applicable). http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/undergraduate_degrees/prizes_scholarships
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED TEXTS AND/OR MATERIALS
Richard Steers, Luciara Nardon & Carlos Sanchez-Runde, Australasian edition, 2016: Management Across Cultures. Published by Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781316604359.
Obtainable from Macquarie University Coop Bookshop (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Students should have their own copy of this text. It is a standard work of reference on cross cultural management. There are some copies on the library shelves and in library reserve. Lectures support and add to the textbook but cannot replace it.
Paul Sweeney & Dean Mcfarlin, 5th edition, 2015: International Management - Strategic Opportunities and Cultural Challenges. Published by Routledge.
Fred Luthans & Jonathan Doh, 8th edition, 2014: International Management - Culture, Strategy, and Behavior. Published by McGraw-Hill.
Jean-Francois Chanlat, Eduardo Davel & Jean-Pierre Dupuis, 2013: Cross-Cultural Management - Culture and Management across the World. Published by Routledge.
Elizabeth Christopher & Helen Deresky, 2nd edition, 2012: International Management - Managing Cultural Diversity. Published by Pearson Education Australia.
Marie-Joelle Browaeys & Roger Price, 2nd edition, 2011: Understanding Cross-Cultural Management. Published by Pearson.
Classroom sessions are backed up online with lecture notes, case studies, articles and discussion points on the major topics above that make up the unit content.
Supplementary research resources
Official website of Geert Hofstede：http://www.geert-hofstede.com/
Global edge Global business resources：http://globaledge.msu.edu/
Virtual Library on International Development：http://www2.etown.edu/vl/intldev.html
The World Index of Chambers of Commerc e & Industry：http://www.worldchambers.com/
The United Nations：http://www.un.org/
TECHNOLOGY USED AND REQUIRED
Students are required to use information technology in this unit.
Students will need to use:
- Library databases to source materials for the research reports, which are accessed electronically for conducting research for assignments;
- Electronic (internet) access to iLearn to download unit learning resources and upload assignments or other materials required for class activities and assignments;
- Microsoft word and Power point (where applicable) for the research reports and presentations).
Unit Web Page
Course material is available on the learning management system (ilearn). The web page for this unit can be found at: https://ilearn.mq.edu.au/login/MQ/
LEARNING AND TEACHING ACTIVITIES
This unit will be taught via the participant-centred and experiential learning method of teaching. “Experiential learning takes place when a person is involved in an activity, then looks back and evaluates it, determines what was useful or important to remember and uses this information to perform another activity” (John Dewey,1938).
Face-to-face lectures would comprise of seminars of two hours' duration. Students will partake in lectures, cases, video cases, and discussions/activities (experiential exercises) in class. Students are advised to attend all lectures and tutorials and participate in case discussions, missing classes and not participating in case discussions will affect grades.
Case studies will be extensively used. Case analyses are intended to be analytical critiques on some central issues of the case being discussed. As this is a discussion-oriented class, students will read all of the case studies indicated on the course schedule and come prepared to discuss and defend themselves in the tutorials. Every student is expected to participate. In your case analyses, please refrain from writing a summary of the case or repackaging the information already provided in the case. Based on the information provided in the case, be analytically judgmental, propose alternative managerial views and action plans, and discuss the relevance and appropriateness of the frameworks proposed in the readings and lectures to the case. In short, write what you think of the situation in the case and not merely repeat what the author says. The course teaches several models for cultural analysis of case studies. Some examples are: Hofstede, Trompenaars, and Edward Hall. These models are to be used for case analysis, group case study assignments and media article analysis.
This unit is presented through the following learning media:
- Twelve weekly classroom lectures combined with small group tutorial discussions, case studies, in lecture activities and videos.
- Students must attend at least 80% of the tutorials. Lectures are supported online on iLearn: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
- Lecture notes, assignment details, assessment methods, case studies, reading and reference materials and a sample exam paper are posted on iLearn.
- Tutorial activity: Every week one student group will discuss, analyse and present a relevant case study in the tutorial. Each group only presents once. The weightage of this presentation is 15%. Every presenting group will hand in a case analysis report to the tutor. The weightage of this submission is 15%. At the end of the presentation, tutors will lead a discussion of the case.
- All students will upload a research report that critiques and analyses a media article on cross cultural management issues in week 7, which carries a weightage of 30%.
- The total assignment weightage is 60% and the final exam will be 40%.