Leadership and Management in Intercultural Contexts

The Open University

Course Information

The Leadership and Management in Intercultural Contexts programme offered by The Open University addresses issues facing managers and leaders working in intercultural contexts and supports you to develop skills, competencies and knowledge to thrive and to get the best from colleagues, partners and associates.

Vocational relevance

The module is relevant to any managerial career. It has particular relevance if you are considering or already have an international career or if your managerial and leadership role involves interaction with or within intercultural or intracultural organisations or contexts.

What you will study

This module aims to help leaders and managers develop as intercultural mediators who are able to engage with the complexities of the global arena by transforming ideas, goals and practices into forms which are meaningful and workable in local settings; appreciating and understanding difference and avoiding stereotyping. It builds on the groundwork done in MBA stage 1: management perspectives and practice (B716) and complements the strategy, and finance modules by developing an understanding of the ways in which management practices need adaptation in different cultural and institutional contexts. More specifically the learning outcomes of this elective are to:

– develop increased critical understanding of cultural and institutional differences between national and regional contexts and their implications for leadership and management
– develop the skills of perspective-taking and reframing that enable you to recast ideas in and challenges in ways which work in different national and regional contexts
– use other cultural and institutional perspectives as a lens to construct a more critical understanding of your own context and management and leadership practice
– develop skills in accessing information on different national and regional contexts and drawing implications for the effective practice of management and leadership in those settings
– develop a foundation for key competencies in managing across cultural and institutional contexts including: cultural intelligence; brokering; and recasting ideas and practices in terms which make sense in particular local contexts.

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