Leading organizations across cultures

This course takes the approach of understanding how cultures differ and impact our interactions at the workplace in Asia and beyond. The course is broadly structured to enable an understanding of cultural differences with an emphasis on how these similarities and differences impact workplace interactions. 

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Understanding Asia session at SMU Singapore Management University

With an increasingly globalized economy, leading and managing employees of different cultural backgrounds becomes imperative in organizations. This course takes the approach of understanding how cultures differ and impact our interactions at the workplace in Asia and beyond.

The course is broadly structured to enable an understanding of cultural differences with an emphasis on how these similarities and differences impact workplace interactions. Through the course, students gain an understanding of their level of cultural competence at the individual level, acquire tools to analyze various culture patterns around the world and in particular, Asia, and learn to develop strategies for adapting to cultures with a view to managing in the organizational context.

The emphasis of the course is on the interplay of cultural competence at the individual level, organization culture dynamics at the workplace level and societal cultures at the national/country level. Case studies, role-playing and self-assessments are used to provide students with both academic and practical foundations in leading organizations across cultures.

The integration session that follows the course gives participants the opportunity to build upon new ideas and examine what they have learned. They explore how the course is linked to their own roles, responsibilities, and concerns as corporate communication professionals.