APG5471 - Leadership in intercultural environments - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet


Dr Nadine Normand-Marconnet

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)
  • Winter semester 2019 (On-campus block of classes)


Global interconnections, transnational flows, and fluid information require today's leaders to be equipped with specific skills hardly acquired through mere international experience. Traditionally, leadership effectiveness is grounded in embracing differences in order to transform challenges triggered by diversity in organisational strengths. More recently, global leadership has been defined as the process of influencing followers from multiple cultures to adopt a shared vision through structures and methods that facilitate positive change in a context characterized by significant levels of global complexity and connectivity.

While intercultural training is nowadays common in business environment, 21st-century graduates as future global leaders must be given opportunities to combine their experience of cultural diversity at home or abroad with targeted education. Addressing current needs of graduates in terms of intercultural competence, this unit focusses the ability to connect with people across similarities, as well as to adapt and adjust across differences. The unit will analyse hurdles to, and strategies towards inclusive leadership.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. identify and critique types of leadership in intercultural environment;
  2. develop self-awareness and evaluate cultural bias;
  3. discuss cultural dimensions in cross-cultural interactions;
  4. estimate and evaluate strategies to enhance intercultural competence;
  5. reframe their international experience in light of global leadership models.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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