Overview of the Course
- Within a series of lectures and exercises students get to know the topic of work organization and learn in which ways it is influenced by culture. The course is held in English and offered every semester.
- The class is planned as a pure attendance course. Since the course depends on the cooperation of the students, no video recordings or live transmissions will be made available. All information provided by the lecturer can be found in the lecture notes published in Moodle.
- If a face-to-face class is not possible, the course will be held as a Digital Teaching on the dates listed. Information about access will be made available in Moodle and also sent to all registered students via the TUCaN system message.
Detailed Course Description
Contents are: Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions; Intercultural communication; Regional characteristics of work design and organization: cultural influence on division of tasks, working culture, job satisfaction and motivation, remuneration systems, leadership, cooperation, information and communication, labour time, work-life balance, gender roles, etc.
The course starts with lectures and exercises on several aspects of work organization and their characteristics in different cultures. In the following participants will work in small teams and edit a self-imposed topic. You will present the selected task and create an interactive session concerning that topic. Each team will submit a handout (ca. 5-10 pages) about their issue.
The course will give you the opportunity to get to know and work with people from all over the world. An interactive learning environment encourages students to exchange experiences and viewpoints, and gain an intercultural understanding.