Cross Cultural Studies

Assessment Task 
This assignment consists of six mini essays. Each mini essay has a word limit of 500 words. In total, you will write 3,000 words for the whole assignment.   For the first four essays, each of them should refer to a specific lecture topic of your choice. You are required to develop an original elaboration on your chosen topic. You should present an original title and three key words for each of these essays. DO NOT cover the same lecture topic more than once (i.e., four essays, four lecture topics)!   For the fifth essay, you are required to discuss the following topic: Critically discuss the managerial benefits and drawbacks of using Hofstede’s cultural dimensions in cross-cultural management. You should present an original title and three key words for this essay.   For the sixth essay, you are required to write a personal reflection of your own cross- cultural experience. You should describe a memorable cross-cultural experience and use relevant cross-cultural theory/theories to explain the cultural differences in this experience. Discuss what you have learned from this experience and how this experience will help you in future cross-cultural interactions with others. You should present an original title and three key words for this essay.   Requirements for all six mini essays: The first paragraph of each essay should include a couple of introductory sentences stating the aim of this essay. Each essay should have at least four references: at least 2 of them should come from academic sources (e.g., books and journal articles), and the others could come from other sources (e.g., newspapers, company websites, company reports). Each essay should end with the references of that particular essay. DO NOT put all 24+ references at the end of the whole assignment. Overall the assignment should not be more than 3,000 words, excluding all references, titles, and key words. Follow the specific format requirements for each essay and use the cover page provided (see Brightspace)  
Task specific guidance: Some possible ideas on how you can elaborate on the lecture topic: 1) Conduct further research on the chosen lecture topic and discuss your findings; 2) Choose a theory/framework/model that was introduced in the lecture and critically evaluate it; 3) Challenge the assumption of a particular theory and offer your own understandings (supported by relevant literature); 4) Present an indigenous cultural phenomenon of your country (e.g., ‘guanxi’ in China, ‘wa’ in Japan, ‘wasta’ in Arabian cultures) and discuss their managerial implications. The above list is inconclusive. Please discuss your ideas with your tutor. Originality is the key to a higher grade. Please do not simply summarise lecture content.  
General study guidance:   Cite all information used in your work which is clearly from a source. Try to ensure that all sources in your reference list are seen as citations in your work, and all names cited in the work appear in your reference list.    Reference and cite your work in accordance with the APA 7th system – the University’s chosen referencing style.  For specific advice, you can talk to your Business librarians or go to the library help desk, or you can access library guidance via the following link:APA 7th referencing:   The University has regulations relating to academic misconduct, including plagiarism. The Learning Innovation and Development Centre can advise and help you with how to avoid ‘poor scholarship’ and potential academic misconduct. You can contact them at   If you have any concerns about your writing, referencing, research or presentation skills, you are welcome to consult the Learning Innovation Development Centre team It is possible to arrange 1:1 consultation with a LIDC tutor once you have planned or written a section of your work, so that they can advise you on areas to develop. 

Do not exceed the word limit / time / other limit.  
Assessment criteria
  The Assessment Criteria are shown the end of this document.  Your tutor will discuss how your work will be assessed/marked and will explain how the assessment criteria apply to this piece of work.  These criteria have been designed for your level of study.   These criteria will be used to mark your work and will be used to support the electronic feedback you receive on your marked assignment. Before submission, check that you have tried to meet the requirements of the higher-grade bands to the best of your ability. Please note that the marking process involves academic judgement and interpretation within the marking criteria.

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Learning Outcomes
  This section is for information only.   The assessment task outlined above has been designed to address specific validated learning outcomes for this module. It is useful to keep in mind that these are the things you need to show in this piece of work.   On completion of this module, students will need to demonstrate:   Outline and explain the concept of national culture and how it influences behaviours in the workplaceCritically comment upon the implications of the link between national culture and behaviour for organisations.Analyse and assess the impact of culture upon managers and consider management skills required working across cultures.Outline and critically assess a range of HR Practices used in support of cross cultural managersCritically analyse the factors leading to cultural change. 6          Critically appraise and make recommendations for the appropriate modifications to standard managerial approaches to fit specific national cultures. 7          Critically appraise the various cultural issues that operate within a business environment. 8          Advise on the design of an appropriate human resource package to prepare and support managers for working overseas. 9          Identify and reflect upon their culture of origin.     Please note these learning outcomes are not additional questions.  
Submission information
Word/Time Limit:3,000
Submission Date:08/04/2022
Feedback Date:20/05/2022
Submission Time:15:00
Submission Method:Electronically via module site in Brightspace.  Paper/hard copy submissions are not required.  For technical support, please contact:  

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