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KV202262 KV30.2/JO7.2 Culture and Interpersonal Communication 2 ECTS
Organised by
International Business
Person in charge
Michel Poté, Former Dean and Director General Michel Poté, ESSCA (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d'Angers)
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X
2015–2016 X

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will have become familiar with the notion of culture; be better conscious of their own cultural style; have acquired a personal tool-box that will help them identifying, decoding, understanding and relating to foreign cultural backgrounds; have given some thought to the ethical dimension of intercultural exchanges.


In this global world it has become crucial to be able to relate efficiently to a great variety of interlocutors from diverse cultural backgrounds. To achieve this it is essential to understand how culture contributes to solving problems of adaptation and integration and influences interpersonal relations. The course starts with an analysis of one's own national culture; it proceeds with a reasoned discovery of the so-called foreign cultures, a study of the leading approaches to intercultural relations and considerations on the ethical dimension.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Group work

Lectures and group exercises 15 hours. An intensive course week 37.

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

The final grade of the course consists of a written case (1/3) groupwork assignment (1/3) and questions on course contents (1/3).


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

2nd or 3rd year

Study materials

  1. Browaeys, Marie-Joelle; Price, Roger, Understanding cross-cultural management. London, Prentice Hall 2008.
  2. Hofstede, Geert; Hofstede, Gert Jan, Cultures and organizations. Software of the mind. New York, McGraw Hill 2005.
  3. Trompenaars, Fons; Nicholas Brealey, Riding the waves of culture. Understanding cultural diversity in business. London 2001.
  4. Articles:
    - International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 13- 1 (5-22) Kerri Anne Crowne "Cultural exposure, emotional intelligence and cultural intelligence"
    - International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 12 -2 (229-245) Maribel Blasco & all " If only cultural chameleons could fly too: a critical discussion of the concept of cultural intelligence"
    - International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 3-3 (347-368) Tony Fang "A critique of Hofstede's Fifth national culture dimension"

Further information

The number of students in the course is limited to 30 students. Students have to register for the course. The goal is 50 % exchange students, 50 % Finnish students. The final decision about participation will be based on creation of intercultural balance in the course and support for students majoring in management and international business.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Marketing and International Business
KV30 Managing across Cultures (International Business)
Department of Marketing and International Business
KV30 Managing across Cultures (International Business)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Marketing and International Business
Operations and Supply Chain Management
Economic Geography
International Business
Economic Sociology
Finnish Study Modules
Business Japanese
Business Chinese