Intercultural Teamwork Group B (ILV)


Course lecturer:

 Eithne Knappitsch

Specialization AreaIntercultural Management
Course numberB4.06365.30.431
Course codeIntCuTW
Semester of degree program Semester 3
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits2,0
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

  • 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

Aycan, Z., Kanungo, R. N. & Mendonça, M., (2014). Organizations and management in cross-cultural context. London. Sage Publications.
Bennett, M. J. (2013). Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication. (2nd ed.) Boston: Intercultural Press.
Browaeys, M.-J. & Price, R. (2011). Understanding cross-cultural management(2nd ed.). Harlow: Prentice Hall.
Samovar, L. A., Porter, R. E., & McDaniel, E. R. (2012). Intercultural Communication: A Reader. (13th ed.) Boston: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
Samovar, L., Porter, R. E., McDaniel, E. R., & Roy, C. S. (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
Ting-Toomey, S. & Leeva, C. C. (2012). Understanding intercultural communication(2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Varner, I. & Beamer, L. (2010). Intercultural Communication in the Global Workplace. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

A mixed method of instruction will be used for this course, including

lectures, discussion, case studies, role play, presentations and self-study and group work.

Final oral examination 50%

Session preparation and participation 50%