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IBUS6002: Cross-Cultural Management

Semester 2, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

An understanding of cultural differences and how to manage such differences is critical to effective management in international and multi-cultural business environments. The aim of this unit is to provide conceptual frameworks and evidence from practice that will develop an understanding of the ways in which cultures differ, how these differences can impact on management, and how cultural issues can limit organisational effectiveness. Major topics include the significance of culture in international management, the meaning and dimensions of culture, comparative international management and leadership styles, managing communication across cultures, ethics and social responsibility in global management, cross-cultural negotiation and decision-making, forming and managing global teams, and developing the international and global manager.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit International Business
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Connie Chan,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Supervised exam
Final exam
Analytical questions on topics covered in the semester
40% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Small continuous assessment Quizzes
MCQ via Canvas
20% Multiple weeks 15 mins each
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Participation Tutorial Participation
Attendance, discussions, activities, engagement
10% Ongoing Weekly
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Presentation group assignment Group Project
Submit 20 slides and video; class presentation, Q&A, comments
20% Week 09
Due date: 03 Oct 2023 at 23:59
15 minute presentation and documents
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Assignment group assignment Written analysis
Reflect on the lessons learned from the group project.
10% Week 09
Due date: 03 Oct 2023 at 23:59
1000 to 1200 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

  • Tutorial participation: Attendance, active participation, engagement and reflection on learning are essential to pass. Students are expected to do prework and readings to benefit from class discussions and exercises. Grading is based on the quality of the student’s responses and consistent contribution during weekly tutorials through the semester. 

  • Group Presentation:  The tutor will assign students to groups (comprising an average of 4 members each) in Weeks 3 to 4. Following the guidelines provided, each group will research, identify and analyse cross-cultural management issues of selected countries, topics and cases. The group representative will submit the required documents by the due date. Group members are expected to address questions in class, and provide feedback on other groups’ work.

  • Group written analysis: The same members as the group presentation will submit a writeup on the lessons learned from the group project. Students should go beyond the contents in the slides used in the oral presentation. The group is expected to integrate and reflect on relevant contents covered in the unit.  

  • Small continuous quizzes: MCQ are assigned in selected weeks. Each test comprises questions on topics and course contents of the preceding weeks. The test must be completed during the available times and within the time limit specified.  

  • Final exam: Students are required to provide medium length answers to questions on international cross-cultural management issues by drawing on their learning in the whole semester. This will be a restricted open book assessment (details will be provided on the advice of business school exam office).  

More information for each assessment can be found on Canvas. Students are encouraged to seek guidance and feedback from teachers throughout the semester. 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school. 


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

in accordance with business school policy

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to international cross-cultural management (live online session) Lecture (1.5 hr) LO2
Week 02 Concepts and Frameworks Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2
Introduction and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO3
Week 03 Context and complexities Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5
Discussions and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 04 Motivation and managerial environment Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Discussions and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Week 05 Decision-making & organisational environments Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Exercises and role play Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 06 Global leadership Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Discussions and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 07 Communications across cultures Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO6
Exercises (alternatives for classes on Good Friday) Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 08 Negotiations in international management Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO3 LO4 LO6
Group Presentation (1) Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 09 Managing global teams Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO6
Group presentation (2) Online practice exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 10 International assignments Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO5 LO6
Discussions and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 11 Multicultural individuals Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Discussions and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 12 Cultural competence, changes, emerging topics Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Discussions and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 13 Review and concluding insights Lecture (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Revision, discussions and exercises Tutorial (1.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

Lectures and Tutorials / Workshops

Attendance of all live non-clashable timetabled classes (lectures and tutorials) is required. Students who do not attend at least 80% of classes will struggle to perform at an average level due to missed content and guidance. Participation in interactive classes is encouraged as it enriches learning and leads to better outcomes. 

All lectures are recorded and will be uploaded on Canvas if available. Please note that the Business School does not own the system and cannot guarantee that every class will be recorded and shared.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Essential texbook:

Steers, R. M. & Osland, J.S. (2020)  Management across cultures : challenges, strategies, and skills . Fourth edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Alternative reference:

Deresky, H. (2016). International Management. Pearson Education UK.

More weekly assigned readings will be posted on Canvas and can be accessed through the Library reading list.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. apply relevant frameworks and disciplinary knowledge to management across cultures
  • LO2. identify, analyse and critically evaluate cross-cultural management issues in global business
  • LO3. develop communication and negotiation skills to work effectively in diverse and global environments
  • LO4. demonstrate problem-solving skills and suggest practical and well-justified resolutions
  • LO5. identify and analyse ethical, social and institutional issues that have implications on international management
  • LO6. identify the facilitators and constraints on managerial decisions and conflict management in diverse global environments

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Minimal changes aimed at improving student engagement and planned medium touch transformation of blended learning. The low rate of failure shows that the current UoS works well.

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