Managing and Leading Across Cultures – BMAL 604

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the similarities and differences of managing and leading across cultures.

Prerequisite

BMAL 501

Rationale

Most domestic organizations today have an Internet presence which means anyone anywhere in the world may be a potential customer. Thus, it is very important for managers and leaders of domestic firms to be able to understand how to lead and manage in both domestic and overseas environments. BMAL 604, while not to be considered a Business-content course in International Business, assumes its students have some business foundational awareness as it relates to management and leadership.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate biblical principles within the context of managing and leading across cultures.
  2. Propose management and leadership issues associated with the basic principles of doing business across cultures.
  3. Examine the foundational theoretical and knowledge base necessary for dealing with the risks inherent in doing business across cultures.
  4. Distinguish among modes of market entry.
  5. Compare the similarities and differences in leadership and management dimensions between domestic and overseas environments.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. For Discussion Board Forums 1–4, the thread and replies will be submitted in the same module/week; however, for Discussion Board Forums 5–6, the threads and replies will be due in separate modules/weeks. See the instructions and grading rubrics for further clarification.

Integration of Faith and Learning Paper

Each student will write a 6–8-page paper (excluding title page, abstract, and reference/end materials) that answers each of the questions listed below. A minimum of 5 biblical and 5 scholarly/professional sources are required. The answers must be comprehensive, substantive, and written at the graduate-level. The paper is to be written using current APA format. Use each question as a Level 1 Heading in the paper. The sub-questions are to be used as Level 2 Headings.

1. Give a brief introduction to the nation selected (1–2 pages minimum).

2. What are the major religion(s) in the nation (2-page minimum)?

a. Describe how each major religion defines its worldview.

b. Describe how this differs from the Christian worldview.

3. How might the above items impact a Christian manager/leader working in that nation (1–2 pages minimum)?

4. How might a Christian manager/leader prepare to address these differences while working in that nation (1–2 pages minimum)?

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 open-book/open-notes objective question/item-type quizzes. Each quiz consists of 20 questions to be answered in a 30-minute timeframe.