Working successfully across cultures

FSK20 Working successfully across cultures

Spring 2024

Autumn 2024
  • Topics

    In today's globalized world, working across cultures has become increasingly important. Individuals and organizations must be able to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and languages. The ability to work effectively across cultures is crucial for businesses to succeed in the global marketplace and for individuals to navigate multicultural societies. It involves developing an understanding of cultural differences and adapting one's communication and behavior to build trust and respect with people from different backgrounds. Ultimately, working effectively across cultures is essential for building strong relationships, fostering collaboration, and achieving mutual success.

  • Learning outcome

    Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to:


    • demonstrate familiarity with fundamental theories from the field of intercultural business communication
    • demonstrate knowledge about various business cultures around the world
    • demonstrate knowledge about how language influences intercultural business communication


    • critically assess the theories on intercultural business communication in light of practice
    • use acquired insights to reflect on how to work successfully across cultures
    • communicate relevant issues in oral and written forms
    • work in multicultural groups

    General competencies:

    • demonstrate sensitivity towards and respect for intercultural diversity in the workplace

  • Teaching

    Case studies and group discussions. The course requires the student’s active participation.

  • Compulsory Activity

    Have submitted and had at least eight individual reflection notes approved

  • Assessment

    The final assessment consists of a fifteen to twenty-minute group presentation based on theories and activities from class. The final grade is based on the groups' collective performance.

    The assessment is only offered in the teaching semester (autumn).

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature

    A selection of book chapters and articles (approx. 500 pages) will be made available on Canvas/Leganto.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Is offered autumn 2023

Course responsible

Annelise Ly (main course responsible) and Kristin Rygg. Department of professional and intercultural communication (FSK)