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Bachelor 2020/2021

Leadership in the Multicultural Environment 

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Elective course (Business Administration)
Area of studies: Management
When: 4 year, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Instructors: Anna Di Nardo
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

To perform in a global environment, do managers need to develop a global mindset? Is there a universal concept of leadership or it will always have a flavor of a local culture? This course will address the concept of leadership in different cultural environment. Cross-cultural awareness, a building stone of a global mindset, begins with learning about own and other cultures. Better cultural awareness can serve as a basis for competitive advantage for global companies. The views and understanding of what are good managers and leaders differ from one culture to another. In the beginning of the course we will focus on the concept of leadership and how it evolved in Western societies. We will then proceed to the cultural dimension of the leadership. How culture interacts with business practices? How values, attitudes and behaviors, reflected in culture, help to deal with business issues. Case studies, academic and fiction readings and movies will help us to build the links between theoretical concepts and business practices.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To perform in a global environment, managers need to develop a global mindset, which ironically starts with learning about own and other cultures. Better cultural awareness can serve as a basis for competitive advantage for global companies. The views and understanding of what are good managers and leaders differ from one culture to another. We we will study the concept of leadership and how it evolved in Western societies. We will then proceed to the cultural dimension of the leadership in diverse cultural environment. How culture interacts with business practices? How values, attitudes and behaviors, reflected in culture, help to deal with business issues? Experimental exercises and cases will help us to build the links between theoretical concepts and business practices. To perform in a global environment, managers need to develop a global mindset, which ironically starts with learning about own and other cultures. Better cultural awareness can serve as a basis for competitive advantage for global companies. The views and understanding of what are good managers and leaders differ from one culture to another. We we will study the concept of leadership and how it evolved in Western societies. We will then proceed to the cultural dimension of the leadership in diverse cultural environment. How culture interacts with business practices? How values, attitudes and behaviors, reflected in culture, help to deal with business issues? Experimental exercises and cases will help us to build the links between theoretical concepts and business practices.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • (1) to understand different concepts of leadership
  • (1) to understand different concepts of leadership,
  • (2) to understand the dynamic relations between leaders and followers,
  • (2) to understand the dynamic relations between leaders and followers
  • (3) to understand cultural dimensions, associated with leadership and managerial practices
  • (4) to understand how cultural context influences leadership models
  • (5) to be prepared to work in an international setting
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    Introduction to the course
  • Why people need leaders? Psychology of followers
  • What makes one a good leader: trait theory
  • Do leaders have an impact on complex social and business systems?
  • Cross-cultural studies of leadership
  • Is it men’s business? A gender perspective on leadership
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class discussions
  • non-blocking Reflection papers
  • non-blocking Group projects
  • blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Class discussions + 0.3 * Exam + 0.3 * Group projects + 0.2 * Reflection papers
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Гении и аутсайдеры : почему одним все, а другим ничего?, Гладуэлл, М., 2016
  • Лидеры, шуты и мошенники. Эссе на тему психологии лидерства, Кетс де Врис М., Тыщенко А.А., 2008

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cultures and organizations : software of the mind, Hofstede, G., 1991