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Course module: 325094-B-6
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Management
Course info
Course module325094-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
B International Business Administration
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dr. M. Astarlioglu
Other course modules lecturer
J.L.M. Berns, MSc
Other course modules lecturer
Y. Dewan
Other course modules lecturer
Y. Ding
Other course modules lecturer
drs. K.L.M. van Geijn-Cramer
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 19/08/2019 up to and including 24/01/2020
Course Objectives
After the course the student is able to:
  • Assess major theories in the field of comparative and cross-cultural management, specifically institutionalist and culturalist theories;
  • Evaluate the main methodological issues in the field of comparative and cross-cultural management in given papers;
  • Describe differences in the institutional and cultural environments for business, and management and organization styles in major countries in Europe, North America and Asia;
  • Explain the impact of cultural and institutional differences on international collaboration between firms and on multinational corporations;
  • Describe different national corporate governance systems and national innovation systems;
  • Explain the impact of institutions and culture on economic development in given situations;
  • Analyze the differences in the organization of networks and clusters in different countries;
  • Analyze behavioral pitfalls in cross-cultural interactions and suggest alternative behavior.
  • Act effectively in cross-cultural situations, based on an assessment of cross cultural aspects in business context.
Please note, that all IBA courses are only open to IBA students. It is not possible to use this course as an elective for other programs.
In the course international differences in management and organization are discussed. Empirically, the course focuses on management and organization in various European countries (Germany, France, and the UK), the USA, and Asian countries (Japan, South Korea and China). These differences are discussed and explained from two main perspectives: institutionalist theory and culturalist theory. These theories and their main contributors are discussed and applied to management and organization in different countries. Practical implications of these differences are discussed, focusing on economic development, the internal management of (multinational) corporations, corporate government, the internal management of multinational corporations, innovation and trust. A series of training sessions help students become aware of their own attitudes to cultural differences, and helps them develop cross-cultural skills.
Compulsory Reading
Will be announced during the course.
Recommended Prerequisites
International Management for IBA; Organizational Behavior for IBA. For non-IBA students: comparable courses.

Compulsory for
  • Bachelor International Business Administration.
Evaluation of the student’s performance is based on a written examination at the end of the course and the quality of participation in the training sessions. The grade for the exam is for 55% based on open essay questions, and for 45% on multiple choice questions. Students also need to participate actively in all four of the training exercises. Failure to be present (without valid reason and prior notification) automatically means failure for the course. In this case your exam will not be graded, and the student will have to repeat the entire course.  The course grade is based on the written exam (75%) and the participation grades for the training sessions (25%).
Course available for exchange students
Conditions of admission apply
Contact person
dr. M. Astarlioglu
Timetable information
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Management
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk (75%) / Written (75%)EXAM_01SM 1109-12-2019
Schriftelijk (75%) / Written (75%)EXAM_01SM 1223-01-2020
Required materials
Recommended materials
Written (75%)

Final grade

Tutorial sessions (25%)

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