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2023/2024  KAN-CKOMV1505U  Cross-Cultural Leadership

English Title
Cross-Cultural Leadership

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 45
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Organizational Communication, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Esben Karmark - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Intercultural studies
  • Communication
  • Leadership
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 15-02-2023

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Learning objectives
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:
  • Knowledge of perspectives on national and organizational culture, their theoretical foundations, and implications when analytically applied
  • Knowledge of the role of national culture in mangement, leadership and business decisions
  • Knowledge of the strategic and interpersonal dynamics of leading and managing in a cross-cultural business environment
  • An ability to analyze cross-cultural management and leadership situations
  • An ability to analyze and assess intercultural communication and intercultural understanding in a global business context
  • An ability to analyze the role of national and corporate cultures in leadership and business decisions
  • An ability to analyze the role of cultural diversity in organizations for leadership and management decisions
Cross-Cultural Leadership:
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 2 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam Home assignment - written product
Size of written product: Max. 5 pages
Assignment type: Written assignment
Release of assignment: Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
Duration: 48 hours to prepare
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

Cross-Cultural Leadership offers students an opportunity for theoretical and practical discussion and critical analysis of the challenges to management, leadership and communication deriving from an ever more global and organizationally diverse environment. In the course, students and faculty will examine and discuss literature on cross-cultural management and leadership as well as case studies exemplifying the complex strategic and interpersonal dynamics of leading and managing in a cross-cultural business environment.


The course will also address the methodological issues raised by using the case method for learning about the dynamics of leadership in a cross-cultural context and provide participants with the opportunity to develop effective skills in case discussion, analysis, and presentation.

Description of the teaching methods
The pedagogical approach taken in Cross-Cultural Leadership is that knowledge and understanding of issues related to leadership and communication in a cross-cultural business environment requires active analysis and reflection from class partipants.

Cross-Cultural Leadership will take a discussion-based approach where students and faculty will actively engage in the discussion of the approaches, perspectives and their consequences in the assigned readings and cases. Students are expected to prepare discussion points for each class, and to engage actively in the case-discussions in order to increase their understanding and engagement with cross-cultural leadership situations.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feed-back will be ongoing during the course as a result of the discussion-based approach of the course. Feedback will be in the the form of peer-evaluation (evaluation of fellow student's argumentation and points) and from the instructor(s) in terms of points and suggestions for analysis and argumentation.
Student workload
Preparation for classes 171 hours
Preparation for the exam 35 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

Herd, Ann & Kevin Lowe (2020). Cross-Cultural Comparative Leadership Studies: A Critical Look to the Future. In: Szkudlarek, B. et al (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management. Sage 

Osland, J.S. et al (2020) The Birth of a New Field from CCM: Global Leadership in: Szkudlarek, B. et al (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Contemporary Cross-Cultural Management. Sage 

Eric Guthey and Brad Jackson (2011) Cross Cultural Leadership Revisited, in Alan Bryman, David Collinson, Keith Grint, Brad Jackson and Mary Uhl-Bien, eds.,The Sage Handbook of Leadership, Sage Press.

Meyer, E. (2017). Being the Boss in Brussels, Boston and Beijing. Harvard Business Review, July/August 

Meyer, E. & Sapna Gupta (2009). Leading Across Cultures at Michelin (A + B + C). Case. Insead 

Kindred, N. & R.L. Simmons (2012). Henkel: Building a Winning Culture. Case. Harvard Business Publishing 

Last updated on 15-02-2023