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Michael D. Johnson
MGMT 544
Seattle Campus

Managing Effectively Across Cultures

Examines how, with increasing globalization of business, employees at all levels of corporations often work and interact with people from different nations, cultures. and how they need an understanding of cross-cultural management and challenges of international settings. Focuses on international organizational behavior and international human resource issues, practices. Offered: W.

Class description

In the not-so-distant past, only a small percentage of managers in organizations needed the knowledge and skills to manage employees from cultures other than their own. Today, however, virtually every manager will need these skills at some point, and some will make their careers on them. With a burgeoning global market, increased expatriate assignments, and technologies that allow people to work together virtually, it is vital that managers learn how to manage across cultures. This course approaches the subject from an organizational behavior perspective, focusing on the psychology of cross-cultural relationships.

Student learning goals

Provide you with a basic understanding of the psychology of cross-cultural leadership

Develop your cultural intelligence

Help you critically analyze business cases on managing across cultures

Give you experience participating in a global virtual team

Give you practical tools for leading people from cultures other than your own

General method of instruction

Instruction includes one case discussion per week, as well as various exercises, presentations, and simulations.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

A key feature of the course is a month-long global virtual team project, where you will work with MBA students from other universities across the globe. Other assignments include discussion leading and case write-ups.

40%: Virtual team project 40%: Midterm and final exams 10%: Case write-ups (2) 10%: Discussion leading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael D. Johnson
Date: 08/18/2009