MGMT 461 section 001
Gosia A. Langa
Robinson Hall B222
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00
Or by Appointment
Rajnandini, P., & Gannon, M. J. (2009).
Understanding Global Cultures:
Through 29 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continets, and Diversity
Ed. Thousand Oaks, CA:
Nisbett, R. E. (2004).
The Geography of Thought:
How Asians and Westerners Think Differently… and
New York, NY:
Other required readings will be specified at the end of this Syllabus and listed on course website.
In this course, we seek to expand your global mindset and provide you with theories, knowledge and
practical tools that you can use to achieve success in the global business environment.
We explore basic
international business strategies, cross-cultural communication and learning, the challenges of managing
across the varied customs and practices of the world, and the development of internationally sophisticated
employees, teams and managers. We focus on how employees with a global mindset can effectively
execute the international strategies of the firm, guided by an awareness of cross-cultural differences.
In the second half of the semester we will focus on several specific cultures using the cultural metaphors
Those countries have been chosen for one of two purposes: (1) to introduce you to cultures that
are likely to become increasingly relevant in the world of global business, or (2) to expose you to cultures
that demonstrate important similarities and differences to the American culture.
The purpose of this
approach is not only introduce you to the nuances of various cultures but also to present you with a
different way of exploring and analyzing culture.
This course is designed to build your knowledge and skills related to managing in a global context.
are expected to demonstrate mastery of specific course concepts and apply them in exercises, cases, and
In addition to attending to the content objectives of the course, you will practice critical
and creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and written and oral communication skills in an