Welcome to the course Comparative Management Culture 7,5 cr

On this page you will find information about your course, course registration and more. Here you will also find your course syllabus and the course timetable.

Course information

This course is a half-time course given between weeks 03-12.
Name of course

Comparative Management Culture 7,5 credits

Course code


Application code



Faculty of Education and Business Studies

Course co-ordinator

Maria Fregidou-Malama

Tel: +46 26-64 86 87

E-mail: mma@hig.se

Course administration

Eva Persson

E-mail: kurs-aue@hig.se

Register on your course!

In order to register on your course, you first need to create a user account. Read more about how to activate your user account in our guide, "Five steps to get started".

If you do not register on time, you will lose your place on the course. Please contact your course administrator before the end of the registration period if you are experiencing problems with course registration.

If you are conditionally admitted you are not able to register on the course yourself.

Period for course registration: You will be registered at the first meeting for the course.

About the course

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course syllabus, reading list and timetable

Course organisation

Course organisation


General information and guidelines
Dear student, we look forward cooperating with you.

There needs to be flexibility to allow for maximum utilisation of resources and time to give you the greatest opportunity to benefit from teaching and assignments. The sessions are designed to be interactive so you will have the opportunity for discussions, case studies or application of your own and others' experience to the topic under review.

This module aims to assist students to understand the importance of culture in international business and to demonstrate skills and ability to participate in research or development work. Whether you work in Sweden, or in the international context, understanding the role of culture is important.

Upon completion of the course the students can be able to the following:

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge on theories and key concepts of culture
  • Critically analyse and examine the role of culture and its importance for management and marketing
  • Analyse cultural differences at national, organizational and managerial level
  • Demonstrate knowledge on the culture of selected countries and its implications for management
  • Demonstrate methodological knowledge in the field of culture and organisations
  • Demonstrate the ability in critical thinking, independent work, teamwork, research skills as well as communication skills with different audiences
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify personal needs for further knowledge and take responsibility for the own learning.
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research work and its role for business and the society

This is a part-time course with a weight of 7, 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. The course will run between weeks 03, 2018 and week 12, 2018 and we start the 16 of January, between13-16. Grading is calculated on a total of 100 marks. You are expected to attend and prepare for the classes. Please, participate to discussions, your thoughts are very important in our work to develop new knowledge and critically discuss existed knowledge. Consultation times of your lecturer for academic-related issues are scheduled after each session for one hour.

The major elements of this course are divided into six parts:

  1. Literature review of a chapter in the course books gives 5 marks.
  2. Written examination on the literature, gives 50 marks.
  3. Case seminar gives 9 marks.
  4. Article seminar, gives 9 marks.
  5. Research Work Seminar carries the major weight of the assignments and gives 25 marks.
  6. Attendance and presentation of yourself in a blog on Blackboard gives 2 marks.

The final grading of the course will be as you can see below, I use the ECTS system: < 35 = F, <36-49 = Fx, 50-59 = E, 60-69 = D, 70-79 = C, 80-89 = B, 90-100 = A.

As most contacts, assignment submissions and results will be announced on BLACKBOARD, it is recommended you get enrolled as a course participant on BLACKBOARD. Please read the course plan and check the course schedule as there may be changes in the planning from time to time.

The students will work both individually and in teams for preparation and taking part in discussions on literature, research, the case and articles. Two to three students will form a group depending on the number of students in the course. The students will build teams the first day we meet and only students that are present under the lecture will be members in the groups (that day). In the groups should people with different gender, ethnical background and age be members. It is recommended teams with same participants work in the assignments and cooperate during the course period. I and my colleagues organize the groups you will belong to the first day we meet.

This module has all together six examination moments and a participant needs to pass all of them separately. For passing an exam, it is required to get minimum 50% of the total marks. In teamwork, the group will be graded together. However, failing to participate properly in the teamwork may need an individual to do extra assignment and individual performance is important and will be evaluated during all discussions and the group work. The written exam and oral presentations will show a participant’s individual performance while team works are intended to demonstrate how efficiently students can solve problems by joint efforts. All the scores from the exams and the students’ contribution in classroom will be added together for final grading. If you cannot participate in the seminars for a special reason (only) you must do an alternative assignment. You will be required to make an oral presentation of your alternative assignment in the next seminar.

Course Literature

  • Hofstede, G., Hofstede, G.J., and Minkov, M., 2010, Cultures and Organizations: Intercultural cooperation and its importance for survival, USA. McGraw -Hill.
  • Trompenaars, F. and Hampden-Turner, C., 2011, Riding the Waves of Culture:
  • Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business, Boston, NB Publishing.
  • I also recommend the following book for further reading:
  • Minkov, M. 2013. Cross-Cultural Analysis: The science and art of comparing the world´s modern societies and their cultures, USA, Sage Publications.

Due to the research base to this program, it is imperative that you read widely. Professional journals and publications should become a routine part of your reading and are essential for the preparation and writing of assignments. Readings and cases must be read and prepared for discussion in the relevant lecture, even if you are not presenting. All your assignments will be uploaded on blackboard.

I really hope you will learn a lot about Cross culture cooperation in this course and you will be able to use the knowledge in your professional life.

Maria Fregidou-Malama
Course Coordinator

Written exams

Written exams

Registration for exams, including re-takes, is mandatory. You can register for exams via the Student Portal (click on the link under "My studies"). You need to register at least ten days before the exam date. If you fail to register you will only be able to sit your exam if there is a n empty place in the exam hall.

If you are a distance study student and want to take your exam off-campus, you need to apply to do so at least three weeks prior to the exam date.

Course evaluation

Course evaluation

After your course has finished you will be sent a we-based course evaluation questionnaire via e-mail. Your participation in the course evaluation is very valuable to us and you comments will help improve and develop the course further. All students registered on the course will receive a report of the course evaluation with all comments compiled.

General information

Course syllabus and reading list
In your course syllabus you will find the aim and contents of the course, as well as the reading list.

Course timetable
Students registered on a course at the University of Gävle can find their course timetable in the Student Portal. If you are not registered, you may find course timetables through our online timetable search service at schema.hig.se. You can also find your course timetable using the KronoX app.

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Student support
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The Student Centre
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