[ 990CULACUAK19 ] KS (*)Cultural Awareness II

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2 ECTS M2 - Master 2. Jahr Betriebswirtschaftslehre Robert Breitenecker 1 SSt Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Quellcurriculum Masterstudium Joint Master's Program Global Business - Russia/Italy 2021W
Ziele (*)The course aims to prepare students for a global working environment by raising awareness of cultural differences and adequate leadership styles. Successfully navigating within a global world is impossible without a clear understanding of the cultural influences on individual and organizational behavior. Such an understanding can only be achieved if students reach a heightened awareness on the cultural elements that influence their own worldview, attitudes and behavioral premises. Learning about themselves through guided personal reflection and through the mirror of an inventory on cultural sensitivity, will allow students to create a solid cognitive foundation in order to master intercultural encounters during the Master in Global Business in the first place and in their later career in general.
Aim of the course: The course aims to advance the students’ understanding of their own dispositions towards cultural difference and to prepare them for effectively dealing with managerial issues concerning cross-cultural situations. Students will develop their intercultural skills by reflecting on their experiences and keeping regular journal entries on their acculturation process. Moreover, during individual sessions with the instructor, students will discuss their cultural learning process and reflect on their own cultural identity at regular intervals throughout the program.

  • The students develop and foster their abilities to understand and cope with situations of cultural diversity.
  • The students learn about practical experiences concerning situated leadership.
  • The students will reflect on their inter-cultural experiences in a critical way.
  • The students will learn to solve real conflicts through critical refection and coaching by the instructor.
  • Students will be able to develop a global mindset
Lehrinhalte (*)Reflection on multi-cultural groupwork

  • Group IDI session
  • Discussion of inter-cultural group develpoment
  • The own cultural sensitivity measure (IDI)
  • Cultural sensitivity and cultural intelligence
  • Coaching and feedback

Critical reflection on term two

Inter-cultural sensitivity

  • the group report on cultural sensitivity
  • reflection on the progress concerning cultural intelligence

Individual coaching sessions

  • personal interviews
  • individual IDI feedback
  • individual IDI developmental plan
Beurteilungskriterien (*)The final grade for the course Cultural Awareness/term 3 will be calculated as follows:

  • Individual journals: pass or penalties
  • Individual essay: 100%

For the individual essay outline students should write a short outlook on what they plan to work on in term three (Cultural Awareness II). The topics are up to the students` choice but should deal with topics related to the general course content. The outline should comprise 1000 words (+/- 10%). Students have to clarify what they wish to write on, what the research question/thesis is about and how they plan to operationalize this endeavor. It can be a theoretical essay or an empirical study. However, students have to clarify in detail what and how they want to conduct their research/write their paper.

All work has to fulfill the international academic requirements. Students have to cite academic and non-academic references according to international standards. Any forms of plagiarism will lead to a fail.

All marks will be 0-100 points. The passing grade is 60 points and above.

Lehrmethoden (*)Besides the regular journal submission students will have to write an individual essay based on the respective outline in term 3.
Abhaltungssprache Englisch
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Lehrinhalte wechselnd? Nein
Sonstige Informationen (*)Attendance of cultural events and classroom activities are mandatory. In case of sickness students have to bring a medical report. Absence without permission will lead to a penalty of 5 points.
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