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2010/2011  BA-2CO  Intercultural Communication and Organisation

English Title
Intercultural Communication and Organisation

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course Coordinator
Lisbeth Clausen
Main Category of the Course
  • Communication
  • Organization
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
In completing the course the students will be able to:
Explain the fields of Communication, Culture and Organisation and demonstrate an understanding of these fields’ mutual dependence.
Describe the intercultural communication and organizational theories in relation to China/Japan
Define the concepts of culture, communication and organisation.
Define and solve a research question concerning Scandinavian communication practices and organisational culture in relation to doing business with China/Japan.
Explain and compare the communication models presented in the curriculum.
Discuss two different theoretical positions (social constructivism – functionalism) in relation to intercultural communication and organisation (depends on content of sociology class 1st year.)
Systematically and appropriately select and apply theories and models to practical cases. E.g. apply theories and models to describe the influence of cultural differences/similarities on doing business in China/Japan.
Present and discuss the research question and findings in a clear and structured manner.
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period December/January
Duration 20 Minutes
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of organisation and communication challenges for international managers in their business operations in Japan and China. During the course students will become familiar with different theories and methods of analysing intercultural organisation and communication in companies doing business in Japan and China. Students will be challenged to apply personal world-views and knowledge about intercultural differences/similarities to the theories presented. They will also be challenged to describe and apply the theoretical models of communication and organisation in relation to practical issues.

Teaching Methods
The course will be a combination of classroom teaching and discussions based on the textbook and the compendium material. Workshops, case studies, guest speakers and student presentations are planned to engage and exchange information between teacher, students and practitioners in the field. Students are expected to contribute creatively and actively in the classroom and to present theoretical models when called upon. They are responsible for presenting the company speakers and will in turn present mini-assignments related to the articles in the compendium for discussion in the class
A line of speakers will be invited to talk about Intercultural Communication and Organisation ’in action’. This is to present students with a balance between theory and practice. The speakers represent Danish national and international corporations and share their professional practices and strategies in dealing with markets, consumers, alliances, subsidiaries in China and Japan.

Students will be divided into working groups during the introductory lecture. Here they will also be assigned an international ‘study-buddy’ a class mate partner with whom they can share information concerning assignments, preparation for class, site-scape use, exams etc.
Further Information

Integration: Intercultural Communication and Organisation is coordinated with the modules in Business and Economics. The course builds on theories learned in Y1 Asia in a Comparative Perspective and prepares students for modules in International Business and Management in Y3.


Compendium available at the CBS Dalgas Have bookstore two weeks before class start.

Clausen, Lisbeth. (2008) Compendium. Intercultural Organization and Communication. China and Japan. Deparment of Intercultural Communication and Management

Joep Cornelissen, (2008) Corporate Communication. A guide to Theory and Practice. 2 edition. London: Sage Publications

Clausen, Lisbeth (2006) Intercultural Organizational Communication. Five Corporate Cases in Japan. Copenhagen: CBS Press