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Managing Across Cultures

  • Qualification:

    Postgraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    RMIT University

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Course Unit
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What you'll learn

About this unit

This Open Universities Australia and RMIT University unit offers you the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of Managing Across Cultures. The unit is divided into three segments: challenges facing global managers; developing global management skills; and developing global understanding. Though globalisation has offered up a plethora of business opportunities, it could also be said that it has increased the complexities associated with management practices.

You will develop an awareness of the types of insights, abilities and skills managers should possess in order to be effective in inter-cultural organisations and transactions. You will also be expected to reflect on your own accomplishments in this respect, as this unit encourages a lifelong learning approach.

You will gain an understanding of the external environment, the manager's role and observational objectives, and will be expected to recognise the relationships between these. Upon completion of this online unit you will be able to evaluate local and global external environments in order to make appropriate decisions as a manager.

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To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in International Business
  • Have been accepted to study for the Master of International Business

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in International Business at RMIT University
  • Master of International Business at RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

Areas of study

In this management unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Global realities
  • Managers in a global business environment
  • The cultural environment
  • The organisational environment
  • The situational environment
  • Communicating across cultures
  • Negotiation across cultures
  • Leading global organisations
  • Managing a global workforce
  • Working with global teams
  • Living and working globally
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Career outcomes

This unit will help you to develop a cultural and social awareness which is ideally suited to the pursuit of management careers within the global economy. You will finish with the skills and understanding to be able to work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds to your own. You will also gain beneficial insight into your own culture, and will be expected to develop capabilities in personal reflection during the unit.

You will also be expected to work on your critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will be challenged through assessments during this unit.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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