Challenges and complexities faced by the expatriate manager when managing across cultures

1. topic: a?Challenges and complexities faced by the expatriate manager when
managing across culturesa?
2. The aim of the assignment is to show that you are able to see theory in practice.

3. The written assignment must be based on film:a?Outsourceda.

4. Take the film as a case study.

5. This written assignment is an academic interpretation of the film, using the theories
and discussions covered in the module.

a. Clear argumentation a you should clearly establish in your essay what
arguments you are presenting and make sure that you develop them.
b. Coherent discussion a Develop ideas and substantiate. Use examples from the
film strategically to illustrate points.
c. Integration a Focus on what you identify in the film in relation to the essay topic
and support your discussion and argumentation.
d. Analytical sophistication a show that you are able to read between the lines in
relation to assumptions and unexplored points that you think are relevant to help understand challenges and complexities faced by the expatriate manager
when managing across cultures that you identify in the film
e. not focusing on description, the main body is to analyze these challanges and complexities into theories.

Review and Assignment clinic (Lecture notes)
Culture: perspectives and definitions
Itas about differences at the contextual level (e.g. what countries are like)
Itas about differences in cultural sub-categories (regional, occupational, sectoral,

Culture and the organisation
Variability in different ways of working (home vs host practices)
Expectations about organisational functioning (what the organisation exists for)
Expectations about organisational members, such as expat managers.

Cross-cultural management research
Different perspectives we use to explain what happens
We could focus on culture (cultural relativism)
We could focus on institutions (institutionalists)
We could focus on individuals (cross-cultural psychology)

Cultural difference: experiences and management at the micro-individual level
Importance of global mindset and cross-cultural competencies
Challenges with manager orientation (regional myopia, global myopia,
technological myopia)
Expat managersatrajectory of globality/internationalisation
Characteristics of a global manager

Communication and co-operation in multicultural teams
Features of multicultural teams (for example, culturally homogenous teams
operating under an a?outsidera manager).
Team expectations (based on cultural differences, perceptions about the expat
manager, perceptions about the team itself).
The impact of regulation on cross-cultural management
Differences in understanding about a?the way things area? in regulatory terms.
Managerial decisions (managerial judgement) vs. regulatory decisions

Ethics, culture and management
Variability in work ethic (what managers and workers feel/expect itas
appropriate, how they think issues should be resolved)