ELE11 Intercultural Communication: a Nordic Perspective
In this course, we look at intercultural communication from a Nordic perspective. Drawing on theories from Nordic researchers on intercultural communication and cross-cultural management, we discuss the basic concepts with examples from the Nordic cultures and with a special attention to business practices.
You will, on completion of the course:
- have knowledge about intercultural communication theories from a Nordic perspective
- be able to identify and reflect on the values underlying behaviour and communication in daily life and business practices in the Nordic cultures
- have intercultural competence to reflect on cultural similarities and differences, with special attention to communicating with people from the Nordic countries
- Case studies
The course requires the students `active participation.
Enrollment to this course is limited to 30 students
Priority enrolment is given to incoming students exclusively from NHH's partner universities. https://www.nhh.no/om-nhh/internasjonale-nettverk/partner-schools/ (copy URL). Incoming students applying for admission must be nominated by their home university and will be ranked based on the following criteria: grade point average and motivation letter.
If slots become available, NHH-students applying for admission will be ranked based on the following criteria, grade point average and motivation letter.
Requirements for course approval
Submission of a daily reflection log on specific questions
Attendance is mandatory for 75% of the lectures
Home examination: to be handed in digitally 14 days after the end of the course.
Grading scale: A - F.
Active use of Itslearning
Obligatory readings (other articles distributed in class):
- Gertsen, M. C., Søderberg, A.-M., & Torp, J. E. (1998). Different approaches to the understanding of culture in mergers and acquisitions. In M. C. Gertsen (Ed.), Cultural Dimensions of International Mergers and Acquisitions (pp. 17-38). Tubingen: Walter de Gruyter.
- Grenness, T. (2003). Scandinavian managers on Scandinavian management. International Journal of Value-Based Management 16, 9-21.
- Kleppestø, S. (1998). A quest for social identity. The pragmatics of communication in mergers and acquisitions. In M. C. Gertsen (Ed.), Cultural Dimensions of International Mergers and Acquisitions (pp. 147¿166). Tubingen: Walter de Gruyter.
- Louhiala-Salminen, L., Charles, M., & Kankaanranta, A. (2005). English as a lingua franca in Nordic corporate mergers: Two case companies. English for Specific Purposes, 24(4), 401-421.
- Louhiala-Salminen, L., & Kankaanranta, A. (2012). Language as an issue in international internal communication: English or local language? If English, what English? Public Relations Review, 38(2), 262-269.
- Ly, A. (2013). A critical discussion of Hofstede's concept of Power. SYNAPS, 28 (August 2012), 51-66.
- Marschan, R., Welch, D., & Welch, L. (1997). Language: The forgotten factor in multinational management. European Management Journal.
- Rygg, K. (forthcoming) "Typical Norwegian to be impolite." Impoliteness to whom?
- Smith, P. B., & Andersen, J. A., & Ekelund, B., & Graversen, G., & Ropo, A. (2003). In search of Nordic management styles. Scandinavian Journal of Management 19 (4), 491-507.
- Søderberg, A.-M., & Holden, N. (2002). Rethinking cross cultural management in a globalizing business world. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 2,103-121.
- Vaara, E. (2000). Constructions of Cultural Differences in Post-Merger Change Processes: A Sensemaking Perspective on Finnish-Swedish Cases. M@n@gement, 3(3), 81-110.
- Vaara, E., Risberg, A., Søderberg, A.-M., & Tienari, J. (2003). Nation talk. The construction of national stereotypes in a merging multinational. In A.-M. Søderberg & E. Vaara (Eds.), Merging Across Borders: People, Cultures and Politics (pp. 61-86).Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School Press.
- Warner-Søderholm, G. (2012). But we're not all Vikings! Intercultural Identity within a Nordic Context. Journal of Intercultural Communication 29, August 2012.
- ECTS Credits
- Teaching language
Annelise Ly, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication
Kristin Rygg, Department of Professional and Intercultural Communication