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A380A0000 Cross-Cultural Issues in International Business, 6 cr 
Code A380A0000  Validity 01.08.2011 -
Name Cross-Cultural Issues in International Business  Abbreviation Cross-Cultural 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Business and Management 

Igor Laine 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta


B.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) 2



LUT Winter School time 


Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Post-doctoral researcher, D.Sc. (Econ. and Bus. Adm.) Igor Laine


The goal of the course is to give an understanding of how the culture affects international business, and advance students’ global mindset by giving conceptual tools to increase their intercultural competence.

After completing the course the students will be able to:

1. understand, define and discuss culture in general and in the context international business

2. explain cultural orientations towards time, space and context.

3. analyze and compare national cultures according to dimensions defined by studies of Hofstede, Trompenaars and GLOBE project.

4. reflect upon the relationship between culture, organizations and management.

5. evaluate the effects of the culture on various elements of international business, including marketing, negotiations and international teams.



Concept and levels of culture, dimensions of culture in business (Hall, Hofstede, Trompenaars and GLOBE), The effect of culture on leadership and management in international business, The limits of globalization from the cultural perspective, Cross-cultural issues in virtual teams, Standardization and adaptation in international marketing, Country cases of cultural differences (term paper reports)

Teaching Methods 

15 hours of lectures, case study workshop (2 hours) and term paper presentation seminar (4 hours). Preparation for lectures 12 h. Writing of term paper, preparation for case study and term paper presentations, 63 h. Written exam and preparation for exam 65 h. Total workload for student 160 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Grade 0-5, evaluation 0-100 points, written exam 60 %, term paper 25 %, peer group evaluation report 5 %, case assignment 10 %, all assignments must be passed to obtain a final grade.

Course Materials 

1. Browaeys & Price: Understanding Cross-Cultural Management (3rd ed), Pearson, 2015
2. Lecture slides
3. Additional material distributed in class and via Moodle


Basic course in management or marketing

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 


Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 



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Register Cross-Cultural Issues in International Business  EXAM  Igor Laine 
20.04.20mon 08.30-11.30