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KINT 7545 - Management in international organizations: Managing your "Cultural Self"

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Already working or with an ambition to work in cross national settings be they MNC's, Governmental Organizations, NGO's or those who need to expand their understanding of the challenges of cross cultural management. Your knowledge and experience of cross cultural contexts. You will be required to carry-out a Cultural Self-Assessment survey before the start of the program. You will be required to describe an experience of miscommunication with a person from another culture or describe how similar activities are performed differently in two countries or corporations.

Course Description

Our working environments we are constantly reminded of the forces of globalization that are shaping the environment in which today business people as well as governmental people must function. Agents in organizations are increasingly multicultural. It is generally assumed that one of the key for efficiency is to be become more self aware of cultural conditioning, individual biases and assumptions. This seminar is for those who will travel overseas and encounter new cultures as well as for those who stay at home and find that other cultures come to them. It is about acquiring cultural intelligence as an ability to interact effectively across cultures. We will assume that our attitudes and actions do not have the same significance in another cultural environment. It is not about predicting but about understanding and being aware. We will try to transform ideas and practices into form that are meaningful and workable in local settings. We will inquire into the process of acquiring cultural intelligence such as being mindful during social relations. We will focus our attention on situations, and will proceed by retention of the knowledge gained from those situations.


  • AUNIS, Frédéric (Management Consulting)
  • MIRABEAU-PAQUIRY, Marie-Anne (Consultante Formatrice)

Pedagogical format

Each session will be built A group work which will comprise the preparation of a panel discussion on the topics of the course sessions and a written work summarizing the panel conversations which follow (between 20 000 and 30 000 signs spaces included). The course enhances individual & collective cultural awareness & intercultural intelligence. Conversation is at the heart of the process : active participation is expected from each student during the session debates.

Required reading

  • 1. DAVEL (Eduardo), DUPUIS (Jean­Pierre), CHANLAT (Jean­François), Gestion en contexte interculturel – approches, problématiques, pratiques et plongées, Presses de l'Université de Laval (Québec) et Télé­Université (UQAM)
  • 2. Hall (Edward T.), La danse de la vie, temps culturel temps vécu, Seuil 1984 (titre anglais : The dance of Life)
  • 3. Hall (Edward T.), Au­delà de la culture, Seuil 1979 (titre anglais : Beyond Culture)
  • 4. Hall (Edward T.), Le langage silencieux, Seuil, coll. Points, 1990 (titre anglais : The Silent language)
  • 5. HOFSTEDE (Geert), HOFSTEDE (Gert Jan), MINKOV (Michael), Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind. 3rd Edition, McGraw­Hill USA, 2010

Additional required reading

6.Sauquet (Michel), Viélajus (Martin), « L'Intelligence Culturelle », Ed Charles Léopold Mayer, 2014