Cultural Differences and People Management

Module code: 6HURM005W
Faculty: Westminster Business School
Credit Level: 6
Credit value: 20
Available to: Westminster Business School students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module draws on students’ lived experience of culture and the research on cultural differences. It provides a useful base for those finding themselves working in multicultural settings, and also for those managing in those settings, including in an HRM role. It stimulates reflection and discussions, leading to greater self-understanding of our own preferences and how some of these are in part culturally derived, alongside a greater understanding of other views.

Subjects you will study include how to capture and analyse culture, a reflective analysis of your own cultural ‘journey’ and how this has contributed to your ideas of identity, the effects of globalisation on ideas of identity and on culture shock, and the different perspectives from research on cultural differences, including anthropological, comparative, holistic/metaphoric, and historical/contextual perspectives. You will also consider the implications for working in, and managing, diverse and multicultural organisations, and undertaking assignments abroad – for example, the core HRM functions and how these are influenced by national culture, the expatriate experience, working in and managing multicultural teams and leadership, and cultural expectations around structure and communication in organisations.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars and tutorials. The assessment is based around a 1,000-word essay, and a 3,000-word reflective diary.

This module will only be available from 2017/18 academic year.