Observe and analyze how to cope and adjust in a new culture with the goal of developing a set of competencies to use in future working environments characterized by multicultural teams.
How do we learn to work in a world where colleagues often operate in different countries and time zones and come from very diverse cultural backgrounds? What is cultural appropriation or cultural diffusion? How is the culture of a global company created and disseminated around the world? How does a company market a product in a country where cultural norms and habits are different from those of the country where the company is based? The class will address the above questions by creating an intellectual platform on which to discuss case studies, anecdotes, observational assignments, and site visit reflections. The in-class discussion component is significant.
Cross-listed with CRS 342.
NOTE: This course has mandatory site visits during class time and one mandatory study tour on a Friday. Do not plan personal travel until you get to Florence and know all required academic commitments.
Course fee: A fee will be charged to cover a day trip to Prato; Florence site visits (2023-24 fee = $130).
Department: International Business
Semesters: Fall, Spring