• Class Number 5788
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Venus Kanani
    • Venus Kanani
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

The objective of this course is to enhance the ability of class members to interact effectively with people from cultures other than their own, specifically in the context of international business. The course is aimed at significantly improving the ability of practicing managers to be effective global managers. The course is concerned with considering the issues and problems of managing in cross-cultural situations, in particular at the people problems that invariably arise in international business relationships. Failure on the part of managers to understand and deal with the difference in attitudes, values and behaviour of those with whom they interact in business transactions consistently has been shown to be a major source of difficulties. The course will involve marrying theories and concepts from the broad fields of culture and international business and applying them to problems typically confronted by managers involved in international business. The course will draw on the existing knowledge and expertise of the class participants to solve problems relevant to them and their organisations.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:

  1.  discuss the main theories in cross-cultural management, analyse existing research around the theoretical constructs and argue the validity of the extant literature;
  2. engage with the relevant contextual issues in cross-cultural management in relation to international business and the multi-cultural Australian workforce;
  3. identify problems in cross-cultural management, relate the problems to the literature and suggest solutions; and,
  4. communicate effectively in oral and written forms about cross cultural management using appropriate concepts, logic and rhetorical conventions.

Research-Led Teaching

The course is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn and critique extant research in cross-cultural management. Each week students have to read at least one research article which is then discussed in class in terms of its findings, applications and value in the business world. Students also have to critique existing models of cross cultural management in an essay. Assignments include a research essay, power point presentation, a professional report on a case study, and online discussions each week. All assessments require students’ to have an understanding of extant research in the field. In addition, the lecturer and guest lecturers present aspects of relevant current research they are conducting in the in the class.

Field Trips

Not relevant.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional costs expected for this course.

Examination Material or equipment

There is no formal examination for this course.

Cross-Cultural Management in Work Organisations, 3rd Edition.

Author: French, R.

Publisher: London, UK: CIPD.

Edition: 3rd Ed.

ISBN: 9781843982432

Availability: Campus Bookstore

The book is available in the library for short term loan.

A copy of the textbook will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection. Availability of this as an e-book through the library is being investigated.

The following books are also recommended for supplementary readings and will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection (availability of these as e-books through the library is being investigated):

Steers, R. M., Sanchez-Runde, C. J., & Nardon, L. 2010. Management across Cultures: Challenges and Strategies. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Strachan, G., French, E., & Burgess, J. (Eds.) 2010. Managing Diversity in Australia: Theory and Practice. Sydney, NSW: McGraw Hill.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given written and verbal feedback in this course.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar 1 - Introduction and the importance of Cross-cultural management Chapters 1 & 2 of text book
2 Seminar 2 - Models of Cross- Cultural Management Chapter 3 of textbook
3 Seminar 3 - Cross-cultural teams in organisations Chapter 7 of the textbook Submit Assignment 1 (Short answer questions) is due by 5 PM Thursday Week 3.
4 Seminar 4 - Theory to Practice - Inter-cultural case studies
5 Seminar 5 - Intercultural communication and multi-lingualism in organisations Chapter 6 of the textbook Submit Assignment 2 (RESEARCH ESSAY-Group/Individual assignment) , is due by 5 PM Thursday Week 5.
6 Seminar 6 - Negotiation and managing conflict in cross-cultural management
7 Seminar 7 - Diversity in the workforce Submit Assignment 3 (POWER-POINT SLIDES) is due by 5 PM Thursday Week 7.
8 Seminar 8 - Global careers - Expatiation and repatriation
9 Seminar 9 - Leading in a multi-cultural organisation
10 Seminar 10 - Global organisations, MNCs and off-shoring Chapter 10 of textbook.
11 Seminar 11 - Employee/Employer relationships and cross-cultural management
12 Seminar 12 - Cross cultural training: Effectiveness and myths

Tutorial Registration

Further details about the structure and teaching activities for this course will be available on the course Wattle site by start of Week 1.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
1. Short answer questions - 15% 15 % 12/08/2021 27/08/2021 1,2,3
2. Research Essay - 35% 35 % 26/08/2021 24/09/2021 1,2,4
3. Power point slides - 15% 15 % 23/09/2021 08/10/2021 1,2,4
4. Report on case study - 35% 35 % 04/11/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


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Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Attendance at and participation in all classes is expected.


There is no formal examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 12/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 27/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

1. Short answer questions - 15%

Individual assessment

3 Short answer questions relevant to Module 1

Will cover material from Weeks 1-3

Questions will be available on the Wattle site at the end of week 2.

Word limit: 150 words per question/ case (+/- 10%)


Content /10

Discussion of relevant issues in relation to the question

Examples provided to illustrate the question in an organisational context



Appropriate paraphrasing, quoting and summarising from sources

Appropriate sentence structure, grammar and word limit.

Due Date: The assignment is due by 5 pm Thursday Week 3 via Turnitin on the course Wattle site.

Feedback by: Week 5

Assessment Task 2

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 26/08/2021
Return of Assessment: 24/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

2. Research Essay - 35%

Group/Individual (optional) Assessment

You are encouraged to deliver this assignment in a group up to 3 students. Working in a group will allow you to share diverse perspectives, practice intercultural communication and achieve the course learning outcomes.

To facilitate learning and interaction, we will have online sessions before any assignment due date, where you can reach out your classmates, share your thoughts and ask questions.

The other possible way to form a group is communicating online with your classmates using DISCUSSION FORUM in the course Wattle site.

If you you find it difficult to schedule remote meetings with them, you have a choice to do the assignment individually.

Contributions Summary : Groups also need to prepare a Contributions Summary that outlines the roles and contributions of each group member in the Research essay. This provides individuals with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and involvement. The details provide a point of reference if issues arise around unequal contributions.

Details of task:

Cultural Intelligence is defined as the ability to interact effectively with people from novel cultural settings (e.g. MacNab & Worthley, 2012; Earley & Ang ,2003).

With the help of existing research discuss at least three significant factors/ capabilities or constructs that can enhance cultural intelligence in an organisational context. At least 10 relevant academic references should be cited in the essay.


Content /25

  • Detailed discussion of the theoretical perspective
  • Examples provided to illustrate the theory in an organisational context
  • Discussion of relevant issues in relation to the question
  • Inclusion of citations from key research to develop argument
  • Applications/recommendations for the contemporary global organisation

Structure, Language and Referencing conventions /10

Structure of essay:

  • Introduction: Thesis statement, definition of key terms and outline of argument
  • Main Body: Logical discussion, persuasive arguments and clarity in the author’s ‘voice’
  • Conclusion: Summary of the main argument and no new ideas or references.


  • Appropriate paraphrasing, quoting and summarising from sources
  • Appropriate sentence structure, grammar and word limit.


  • All ideas taken from sources are appropriately referenced
  • Reference list matches in-text references and is written in a consistent style.

Total Marks: 35

Word limit: 2000 words (+/- 10%)

Due Date: The assignment is due by 5 pm Thursday Week 5 via Turnitin on the course Wattle site.

Feedback by: Week 7

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 23/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 08/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4

3. Power point slides - 15%

Individual assessment

Prepare 8-10 power point slides (including a cover and reference list slide) based on the research essay. The set of slides should discuss the key issues from your essay but should be organised as a stand-alone activity (i.e., I should not have to refer back to your essay for details).


Content /10

  • Display of clear understanding of the topic
  • Discussion of the important issues in relation to the topic
  • Use of significant research in relation to the topic
  • Use of examples in illustrating the key issues
  • Logical flow in the discussion

Format /5

  • Easy to read slides
  • Logical sequencing of slides
  • Use of additional features (e.g., colour, icons, background images, etc) to make slides informative and effective.
  • Careful editing of slides
  • Number of slides within the recommended limit (8-10 slides).

Total Marks: 15

Due Date: The assignment is due by 5 pm Thursday Week 7 via Turnitin on the course Wattle site.

Feedback by: Week 9

Assessment Task 4

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 04/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

4. Report on case study - 35%

Individual assessment

The purpose of this assignment is to assess students’ ability to identify the cultural values and dimensions of different cultures and their impact on international business performance. The students should apply this knowledge from the perspective of a consultant, advising the company how they could mitigate some of the cross-cultural problems to enhance business performance.

Details of task: Read the the case study provided under the topic" Assessment 4- Report on case study" on Wattle and identify the problems in relation to cross-cultural management in this context. Assume the role of a management consultant specialised in communication and based on existing research provide recommendations on how these problems can be overcome. At least 12 relevant academic references should be cited in the report.

You must have the following sections to your report:

Cover page

Executive summary(is NOT included in the word limit )


Literature review (brief review about the cultural issues you have found in the case)

Analysis of the problem





Content /25

  • Appropriate identification of the problem
  • Detailed discussion and analysis of relevant theoretical perspective(s) in relation to the problem
  • Discussion of relevant contextual issues associated with the problem
  • Inclusion of key citations from research to analyse the problem
  • Creative and effective recommendations to rectify the problem
  • Detailed description of the recommendations (including a budget if necessary)
  • Recommendations presented in order of priority
  • Links between the recommendations and existing theories/research
  • Rationale behind the choice of recommendations
  • Suggestions on relevant follow up activities when necessary.

Report Format /10

  • Report has all the sections suggested in the case study
  • Each section consists of information relevant to that section (4 marks)
  • Professional format of the report
  • Appropriate sentence structure, grammar and word limit
  • Appropriate paraphrasing, quoting and summarising from sources
  • All ideas taken from sources are appropriately referenced
  • Reference list matches in-text references and is written in a consistent style.

Total Marks: 35

Word limit: 1500 words (+/- 10%)

Due Date: 04/11/2021

Estimated return date: Marked assignments will be available after the release of final grades on 02 December 2021.

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Online Submission

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Hardcopy Submission

No hard copy submission would be required for this course.

Late Submission

Assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% per working day. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days of the due date.

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/notices-for-students/extension-application-procedure/

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Please see relevant assessment task details above

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