The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of management theory and practice from an international, cross-cultural perspective. Students will develop a heightened awareness of management philosophies and practices that reflect a global, as opposed to North American, perspective. To achieve this objective, the course will focus on three aspects of cross-cultural management: the influence of culture on behavior, the management of individuals in or from different cultures (with a particular emphasis on the cultures we are visiting this semester), and emerging trends in the study of international management.
Course material will be communicated primarily through textbook readings, case analyses, and class discussion. The case analyses will serve a central role in your learning as they will require you to think critically about culture-driven workplace dilemmas while applying the knowledge of managerial theory and cultural differences you obtain from the textbook and class discussions.
Field WorkCountry: China
Day: 1 - Shanghai - 6 February
This field lab consists of a visit to the General Motors’ Shanghai plant to observe the manufacturing process and to discuss differences in working styles and management practices between the Shanghai plant and those seen in other GM plants in different cultures, such as those in the United States. A primary focus of the lab will be on the impact of collectivism vs. individualism in manufacturing processes and management. Academic Objectives:
- Observe how individual and group dynamics shape the manufacturing process.
- Understand how group dynamics reflect different collaboration norms in a relatively collectivistic country.
- Observe how management practices differ from the company’s US operations based on different cultural norms.