Global Management Practice

INB431 Global Management Practice

Spring 2020

  • Topics

    The course provides in-depth knowledge of issues relevant for working in global workplaces and covers topics such as essentialist and non-essentialist approaches to culture, expatriation, multicultural teams, international negotiations, language issues in global workplaces, as well as culture specific concepts (e.g. Face, Guanxi). 

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have attained the following: 


    • Enhanced awareness of one´s own culture and cultural diversity in global teams
    • Enhanced awareness of issues relevant for working in international management
    • Enhanced knowledge of the main theories related to cross-cultural management



    • Ability to critically assess the main theories related to cross-cultural management and their usefulness for the global worker and manager
    • Ability to critically reflect on how one´s identity and own biases may influence one's perceptions and interpretation of the "Other"


    General competence

    • Improved soft skills to work in intercultural settings 
    • Ability to receiving and giving feedback
    • Critical thinking 

  • Teaching

    In this course, we focus on experiential learning through teamwork, discussions, case studies, together with lectures and readings.  

    The student will do fieldwork in order to (1) investigate cross-cultural challenges that business people face (2) link the findings to existing theories in cross-cultural management (3) critically discuss and reflect on these theories. The student will present the results in class and practice giving and receiving feedback.

    The student will work in a multicultural team during the semester and provide (and receive) feedback in order to improve soft skills essential for a global leader.

    The student is encouraged to make the most of the cultural diversity present in the classroom and to share insights and experience with his/her fellow-students. Class discussions will be based on relevant case material, and on the reading chosen for each meeting.  


    This is a mandatory CEMS course.

  • Restricted access

    This is a mandatory CEMS course reserved for CEMS students only.

  • Required prerequisites

    Familiarity with the cultural dimensions paradigm (Hofstede; Trompenaars & Hampden-Turner; GLOBE). Good English oral and written skills.

  • Requirements for course approval

    (1) Presentation of the fieldwork results in class and (2) discussion of another group's fieldwork presentation.

    Course approval is valid for one semester.

  • Assessment

    Assessment for this course will not be changed spring 2020.

    Individual paper (50%) 

    Group report based on fieldwork project (50%)

    Both assessment elements has to be taken in the same semester.

  • Grading Scale

    Grades A - F for the assessment parts and for the overall grade.

  • Computer tools

    No specific computer tools required for this course.

  • Literature

    Book: Global Leadership Practices: A Cross-Cultural Management Perspective, Red Globe Press, 2014. Edited by Bettina Gehrke and Marie-Therese Claes.

    A selection of book chapters and articles will also be made available on Canvas.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Spring. Offered spring 2020.

Course responsible

Annelise Ly, associate professor,  Department of professional and intercultural communication (FSK)