PV263 Intercultural Management

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 1 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Taught online.
Derek Mainwaring (lecturer)
Ing. Leonard Walletzký, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Bc. Zuzana Schwarzová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Ing. Leonard Walletzký, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Supplier department: Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Mon 3. 5. 14:00–15:50 Virtuální místnost, Wed 5. 5. 10:00–13:50 Virtuální místnost, Thu 6. 5. 12:00–15:50 Virtuální místnost, Fri 7. 5. 10:00–11:50 Virtuální místnost
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
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Course objectives
This course aims to boost students’ cross-cultural competency and ability to work in a multi-cultural context. Research has shown that multi-cultural (heterogenous) teams either perform better or worse than mono-cultural(homogenous) teams, usually worse! The key to peak performance is multi-cultural team management.
Learning outcomes
When you have completed this course you will be able to:
- Identify some of the factors that influence how decisions are made in cross-cultural management contexts
- Describe key models and concepts used for comparing/contrasting cultures
- Implement and use them appropriately in different cultural & organisational contexts
- Assess your own cultural paradigm
- Identify aspects of overlap between national cultures and organisational cultures
- Evaluate the tools and concepts at your disposal to effectively manage multi-cultural teams
- Demonstrate skills relevant to managing decisions and people in international corporations & organisations
  • Input (12-15 hrs. of classwork):
  • Managing Diversity
  • - Living in a multi-cultural environment: notions of time, space & environment
  • - Hofstede’s dimensions of culture
  • - Other approaches to the analysis of cultures
  • - “Snapshots” of cultures – USA, UK, France, Czech Rep., etc.
  • Working in a multi-cultural context:
  • - Diverse teams, virtual teams – team-building
  • - Managing the multi-cultural team
  • - Leadership
  • - Intercultural skills set
  • - Organisational culture
  • Case study & project work (12hrs of group work inc. a final presentation)
  • Case studies: from mini-cases to longer case/role play activities, e.g. The eOrganization exercise, Journal of Management Studies, 2008.
  • Project: Managing multi-cultural (virtual) teams – the exact nature of the project(s) depends on the number, interests and availabilities of students
Teaching methods
9-12 hrs. of classwork over 2 or 3 days; Case study & project work (12hrs of group work over 2 or 3 days, with a mid-way check-up)
Assessment methods
Final project evaluation
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022.
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