Managing Across Cultures Assessment tasks

Managing Across Cultures Assessment tasks
Assignment 1: Personal cultural reflection Weighting 25%
(1500 words maximum, due week 5)
This is an individual assignment. Prepare a 1500 word (max) reflection on the impact that culture has had on your life to date, both professionally and personally. Although there is a great deal of disagreement in the literature about intercultural communication, one thing that almost all the seminal authors from various disciplines agree on is that self-awareness is the starting point for intercultural competency. Therefore, the purpose of this piece if for you to understand your own cultural foundations and what you, personally, bring to global management before we delve more deeply into ‘difference’.
Some of you may never have written a reflective piece for assessment before, so it may be useful for you to consider the recommendations on the RMIT Learning Lab at http://emedia.rmit.edu.au/learninglab/content/reflective-journal.
Also, we recognise that you will have only spent four weeks in the course at the stage you are writing your reflection, however you have an entire lifetime to reflect upon for this piece.
Questions and concepts you might consider:
There is no set structure for your writing and as a reflective piece it can be quite subjective, however it should be presented in a professional manner and include some references to readings we have done to date or your own research. You should state what YOU think and how you have reflected on a range of sources and experiences in coming to some conclusions about how culture has affected and might continue to affect your life. Some reflective points that may assist you but which are not mandatory:
• What is your cultural background and heritage and how has it shaped the person you are?
• What exposure have you had to other cultures and sub-cultures? This could be in travel, work, daily living, etc.
• What are your reactions to the above? Why?
• What do you think about cultural divergence/convergence? In other words are ‘we all the same underneath’, or ‘does difference matter’? Why?
• What are your limitations, prejudices, likes, dislikes when it comes to working with difference? (we all have them) Why?
• As a result of the above, how suited are you to global management? What sort of career path might appeal to you? Why?
The sources of information you use to support your reflections should be referenced in Harvard format.
Marking guidelines
In assessing your work we will attend to the following:
• evidence of self-awareness and openness to learning
• analysis of own experiences in light of research/theory
• reflections and conclusions
• writing structure and flow.
BUSM3127 Managing Across Cultures Assessment tasks
Assignment 2: Essay Weighting 35%
(2500 words Max, Individual, due week 8). This is an individual assignment.
In many ways, what you write about in this essay is up to you as long you remember that it must be clearly related to the concept of management across cultures. This assessment task is designed to provide you with maximum flexibility and to encourage you to link your learning to real- time, real-life experiences from your life and workplace.
The following is a list of recommended considerations for this essay:
• Select a key topic from the weekly materials that particularly interests you.
• Undertake further, independent critical research into that topic.
• Define the topic; then consider it from a range of critical perspectives.
• Analyse any conflicts in the literature in relation your topic.
• Answer the question: Why is (topic x) important to me if I want to pursue a career as manager across cultures?
• Answer the question: What have I learned about (topic x) and how will I
use that knowledge in the future?
Marking Guidelines
In assessing your work in this essay we will attend to the following:
• evidence of research and critical reflection
• analysis of contentious issues
• reflections and conclusions
• evidence of application of learning to your career planning
• writing structure and flow.
BUSM3127 Managing Across Cultures Assessment tasks
Assignment 3: Case study research topic Weighting 40%
(4000 words Max, Group, due week 12). This is a group assignment.
Your lecturers will allocate groups. Your group will prepare a report that will be presented as a written business report with executive summary.
Your group’s first task is to identify an organisation or situation that could be used as the basis for a case study. You should communicate with your coordinator to gain approval for your case study site prior to proceeding any further. Clearly, as this course is Management across Cultures, your case study needs to be something that has potential to consider and apply several of the topics we have covered in class: culture must be intricately linked to the study and central to your analysis and discussion.
The case study site could be a business as in a company, but it does not have to be.
It could be an organisation; such as a ‘for-profit organisation’ or a non-governmental organisation (NGO), or even a country. Examples could come from your own work-lives (maybe some of your group members work for a company that could be an example), the literature (look up articles on intercultural management, or global management etc.) or the press (for example, the tragic case in 2013 of the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment manufacturing building in Bangladesh).
Once your case is approved, your group is to act as a consulting organisation that specialises in intercultural management. Your group has been asked to improve the performance of the case study organisation or ameliorate a problematic situation. You will create a 4000 word business proposal outlining the background to the case, analysing the case (particularly from the perspective of intercultural management) and finally highlighting 3-5 recommendations. Your research will analyse factors that have led to any issues or difficulties in the past, and provide a structured argument leading to recommendations for changes to practice. Standard referencing is required in Harvard format to enhance the robustness and credibility of the proposal. The report will be provided to the client so it must be presented in a professional format following normal academic conventions.
Marking guidelines
In assessing your work in this report we will attend to the following:
• evidence of research
• critical analysis of contentious issues related to the case study
• application of theory to practice
• structured argument and support for recommendations
• writing structure and flow.

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