Intercultural Teamwork Group A (ILV)


Course lecturer:

 Milton Bennett , Ph.D.

 Eithne Knappitsch

Specialization AreaIntercultural Management
Course numberB4.06365.30.141
Course codeIntTeamw
Semester of degree program Semester 3
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits3,0
Language of instruction English

On successful completion of the course, students:

  • have gained both practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of intercultural teamwork
  • have developed awareness of and reflected upon their own and other cultural values
  • understand the role cultural dimensions play in intercultural team communication
  • can apply flexible communicator skills
  • can recognize interculturally (in)competent behavior
  • can analyse and reflect on intercultural teamwork situations and apply strategies to resolve issues of conflict and misunderstanding
  • demonstrate an open attitude and curiosity
  • have developed skills to effectively lead intercultural teams

The course will cover the following topics/content:

  • What is intercultural teamwork?
  • How do cultural differences impact team interaction?
  • The challenges and opportunities presented by intercultural teamwork
  • Dealing with misunderstandings and conflict in intercultural teams: the importance of communication
  • Leading intercultural teams
  • Constructivist foundations of intercultural communication;
  • Knowledge paradigms; intercultural consciousness and perceptual agility;
  • Intercultural principles and observational frames; communication styles;
  • Developing intercultural competence - the Developmental Model of intercultural Sensitivity

Aycan, Z./Kanungo, R. N./Mendonça, M. (2014): Organizations and management in cross-cultural context. London: Sage Publications.
Bennett, M. (2017): Constructivist intercultural communication; Developmental model of intercultural sensitivity. In: Kim, Y (Ed). Encyclopedia of Intercultural Communication. New Yersey, USA: Wiley.
Bennett, M. (revised 2016) Intercultural competence for global leadership. Milan: IDRInstitute.
Bennett, M. (2016): The value of cultural diversity: Rhetoric and reality. In Sam (Ed), Realizing the full potential of cultural diversity, 5:897. Springer.
Bennett, M. (2013): "Constructivism"; "Intercultural communication"; "Stereotypes/generalizations"; "Ethnocentrism/xenophobia". In: C. Cortes (Ed) Multicultural America: A multimedia encyclopedia. New York: Sage.
Bennett, M./Castiglioni, I. (2004): Embodied ethnocentrism and the feeling of culture: A key to training for intercultural competence". In: D. Landis, J. Bennett & M. Bennett (Eds.), The handbook of intercultural training (3rd ed, pp. 249-265). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Bennett, M. (2013): Basic concepts of intercultural communication: Paradigms, principles, & practices. Boston: Intercultural Press.
Browaeys, M.-J./Price, R. (2011): Understanding cross-cultural management (2nd ed.). Harlow: Prentice Hall.
Castiglioni, I. (2005): La comunicazione interculturale: Competenze & pratiche (in Italian). Rome: Carroci.
Hofstede, G./Hofstede, G. J./Minkov, M. (2010): Cultures and organizations: software of the mind. (3rd, revised ed.) New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
House, R. J./Hanges, P. J. et al (2004): Culture, Leadership, and Organizations: The GLOBE Study of 62 Societies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Samovar, L./Porter, R. E. et al (2013): Communication between Cultures. (8th ed.) Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Steers, R.M./Schanzez-Runde, C.J./Nardon, L. (2010): Management across cultures - challenges and strategies. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Thomas, D.C./Peterson, M. F. (2014): Cross-cultural management: essential concepts. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
Varner, I./Beamer, L. (2010): Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Moderated group work, lecture, discussion, case work, guided interaction with multimedia representations

Cumulative module examination
The module grade is calculated weighted by the ECTS credits of the individual courses of the module and results as follows:
ILV "Intercultural Teamwork" - 3 ECTS
Assessment type: continuous assessment
Assessment method/s:

  • Collaboration and participation in class, case study analysis on an intercultural business scenario (group assignment) (30 %)
  • Individual digital stories (30 %)
  • Group (virtual) presentation (20 %)
  • Written reflection paper based on the Development Model of Intercultural Management (20 %)