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1. Evaluate the concept of culture and approaches to the study of culture, explaining its usefulness and relevance to a range of issues in an international context

 

Unit Title: Managing Across Cultures

 

Unit Code:

5T5Z0026

Core: Y

Level: 5

Assignment Title: Making Internationalisation Work: Challenges & Recommendations for cross cultural working

Unit Leader: Dr Shahida Choudhary

Contact Details: s.choudhary@mmu.ac.uk 

Submission Date: See date on Moodle

Feedback Return Date:  See Date on Moodle

Submission Instructions: One paper copy of assignment must be submitted to UG Assignment bins on ground floor, and one identical copy must be submitted to Turtitin (via Moodle).

 

Feedback Return Information: Summative mark plus written and verbal feedback

Assignment Task

You are part of a team of management consultants, working for a large telecommunications organisation operating solely within the UK.  The organisation is planning to expand internationally in the next two years. As management experts, you have been asked to ensure that the process of internationalisation runs as smoothly as possible.  Your team of management consultants have identified the following issues that could potentially cause challenges within cross-cultural working, during the process of internationalisation:

1.            Differences in cultural values

2.            Culture shock and poor adjustment

3.            Poor selection and development of potential expatriates (team members who will go to work abroad for extended periods).

4.            A clash of work orientations and motivations

 

YOUR TASK

Choose one of the four challenges to cross cultural working.

PART ONE (1500 words) Construct a literature review of the key academic research relating to the topic you have chosen in order to provide your organisation with a detailed account of the issue and its relevance to cross cultural working.

PART TWO (1500 words). Provide THREE detailed recommendations as to how the organisation can minimise the likelihood of cross-cultural difficulties occurring.

 

 

 

 

Unit Learning Outcomes Assessed.

State what Unit learning outcomes are being covered by the assessment

  1. Evaluate the concept of culture and approaches to the study of culture, explaining its usefulness and relevance to a range of issues in an international context.
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  4. Develop a personal framework of intercultural competence that relates theory to practice.

 

# Include unit learning outcomes as necessary

Early Career/ World Class Professional Skills (PLOs being assessed or developed)/Assessed.

 

Programme learning outcomes are referred to as professional skills for clarity for students, they will build portfolio of skills from level 4 through to L6 as will L7 and L8 students from the start of their programmes.  For all levels refer to the Professional skills being develop or assessed in the assignment brief.  These should also feature in the assignment feedback to the student

 

  1. Apply critical thinking to practical and theoretical problems
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  4. Demonstrate professional and commercial awareness 
  5. Develop subject specific knowledge and skills in their programme discipline

 

# Include the Early Career/ World Professional Skill(s) to be developed or assessed.

         

 

Assignment Details and Instructions.

 

You are part of a team of management consultants, working for a large telecommunications organisation operating solely within the UK.  The organisation is planning to expand internationally in the next two years. As management experts, you have been asked to ensure that the process of internationalisation runs as smoothly as possible.  Your team of management consultants have identified the following issues that could potentially cause challenges within cross-cultural working, during the process of internationalisation:

1.            Differences in cultural valuesi choose this one

2.            Culture shock and poor adjustment

3.            Poor selection and development of potential expatriates (team members who will go to work abroad for extended periods).

4.            A clash of work orientations and motivations

 

YOUR TASK

Choose one of the four challenges to cross cultural working.

PART ONE (1500 words) Construct a literature review of the key academic research relating to the topic you’ve chosen in order to provide your organisation with a detailed account of the issue and its relevance to cross cultural working.

PART TWO (1500 words). Provide THREE detailed recommendations as to how the organisation can minimise the likelihood of cross-cultural difficulties occurring.

 

Format of Assignment

The word limit is 3000 words (excluding reference list (Harvard referencing)).

You should ensure that you clearly state the challenge you have chosen to discuss.

You should separate your assignment clearly into two parts. There is a template shown below to help you achieve this.

You need to ensure that you are writing in an academic style throughout. This includes using academic references for both sections of the assignment. You need to incorporate theory extensively in your work and ensure that you are referencing in Harvard style.

As a guide you should draw on and appropriately cite at least 15 academic references in your assignment.

 

Additional Information

In tackling questions in cross-cultural management, it is important to be able to link the theory we have discussed with the real life issues of international working; particularly in being able to identify, analyse and make sense of the problems in the scenario. This will demonstrate that you have the ability to relate to the theoretical constructs we’ve discussed and show an awareness of the usefulness of theory in making sense of cross cultural complexity.

It is therefore essential that you use theory to inform practice (apply relevant theories and models to the assignment scenario) and critically evaluate these theories – what are the strengths and weaknesses, opposing arguments etc. You need to show an awareness and acknowledgement of their complexities and justify your suggestions and recommendations.

 

ASSIGNMENT TEMPLATE:

Student Name:

Student Number:

 

PART ONE: Literature Review of Topic Chosen

Please state your topic here

Ensure you choose from the following four topics:

  1. 1.                   Differences in cultural values i choose this one

2.            Culture shock and poor adjustment

3.            Poor selection and development of potential expatriates (team members who will go to work abroad for extended periods).

4.            A clash of work orientations and motivations

 

This section should be approximately 1500 words

 

PART TWO: Recommendations for Overcoming Cross Cultural Challenges

Choose THREE recommendations to help prevent the challenges from occurring.

This section should also draw on theory and include references to cross cultural management literature.

 

This section should be approximately 1500 words

Resources

Core & Additional Reading – Texts & Journals (see unit handbook & additional digitised reading list)

Written guidance on writing reports and referencing (in unit handbook)

Marking Criteria

- Evaluation of the concept of culture

- Awareness of topical Issues/current thinking in the field of cross-cultural management

- Identification of relevant evidence of cultural norms and differences

- Critical evaluation of theories of culture

- Use of relevant models and theories to help explain the evidence collected

- Framing of recommendations supported by analysis of evidence and appropriate theories

- Clarity of Report/Presentation and referencing

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