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2014/2015  BA-BASPO1004U  Intercultural Organisation

English Title
Intercultural Organisation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Lisbeth Clausen - MSC
Main academic disciplines
  • Communication
  • Organization
Last updated on 17-08-2014
Learning objectives
In completing the course the students will be able to
  • Explain the field of intercultural organization in relation to communication and competence at the global, national, departmental, professional and group levels.
  • Define the concept of intercultural organization in relation to communication
  • Define and solve a research question concerning Scandinavian organizational practices and intercultural communication and competence in relation to doing business in China and Japan.
  • Explain and compare the organization and intercultural communication and competence models presented in the curriculum.
  • Present and discuss the research question and findings in a clear and structured manner
  • Systematically and appropriately select and apply theories and models to practical cases. E.g. apply theories and models to describe the influence of intercultural organizational differences/similarities when doing business in China/Japan.
Intercultural Organisation:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Group exam, max. 4 students in the group
Size of written product Max. 3 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
Paper max. 3 standard pages (written individually or in groups of two) has to be submitted. 20 minutes individual oral exam.
Course content and structure

The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge of organisational and intercultural communication and competence 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 organisation and intercultural communication 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 (from large corporation, entrepreneurs and alumni of the ASP study program) 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 Organisation and Communication ’in action’. This is to present students with a balance between theory and practice. The speakers represent Danish national and international corporations and entrepreneurs. They share their professional practices and strategies in organizing markets, stakeholders including employees, consumers, alliances, and 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, CBSLearn use, exams etc
Expected literature

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

Clausen, Lisbeth. (2011) 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

Last updated on 17-08-2014