Management 436

MGNT 436: Managing in Diverse Cultures

Prerequisite: Junior standing. Completion of MGNT 322 is recommended

Credit Hours: (3)

Study of cultural diversity and the challenges of managing multinational operations in a global business environment. Focuses on understanding, sensitivity, and appreciation for cultural differences. Emphasizes a global perspective on planning for organizational growth and utilizing effective international human resource management practices.

Note(s): Cultural or Behavioral Analysis designated course.  Students cannot receive credit for both MGNT 326 and MGNT 436.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

Outline of major topics:

1.  Cultural diversity, including dimensional frameworks for describing groups and nations.

2.  Business customs in various countries

3.  Overview of major world religions

4.  Concepts of globalization including local responsiveness and global integration

5.  Organizational growth patterns from simple import/export to multinational activity levels.

6.  Global partnerships and alliances

7.  Managing ethical and social responsibility in the global business environment

8.  International human resource management practices, multinational leadership and motivation


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Lecture, class discussion, experiential exercises, cases, research, and analyses

Goals and Objectives of the Course

On completion of this course, the student should be able to:

1.  Describe and discuss globalization and cultural diversity.
2.  Explain the key requirements for successfully managing a multinational business operation.
3.  Research, analyze, and report the pro and cons of doing business in a particular country and make appropriate recommendations.
4.  Demonstrate an understanding of cultural difference frameworks and their use in managing both local and multinational organizations
5.  Identify methods of effectively managing an organization’s international human resources

Assessment Measures

Written and oral assignments, research and analysis project, exams.

Other Course Information


Review and Approval


Fall 2010 Reviewed by Management Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee


March 01, 2021