International Business Cultures

Course Code: IBC101
Day: Thurs Time: 19:10-21:00 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Summer Instructional Language: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This course explores how culture shapes business processes across countries, generations & genders. Special attention will be given to intercultural tools that measure national culture using gap analysis. An inter-disciplinary approach combining theory with practical tips will be used. This course will benefit professionals at all levels of the organization. The instructor welcomes people already working internationally, and aspiring talent. IBC101 is also designed for people who want to increase comfort levels within-&-between gender and/or generational cultures in their workplace.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop SKILLS to leverage cultural differences for positive advantage and reduce miscommunication/culture clashes in work.
2. Gain self-AWARENESS of their own cultural profile in relation to their home culture/s.

Who should take this course

Those who are working in a Japan-based, international company, overseas in the future, or thinking about hiring foreign workers.


Recommended: The Culture Map (INTL ED): Decoding How People Think, Lead, and Get Things Done Across Cultures


Norman Grant

Instructor Biography

Norman is a corporate executive coach, facilitator and HR consultant with a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He has around 30 years of working experience in the Asia Pacific Region namely in China, Korea and Japan. Motivated by his great interest in Asian history and cultures, he has accumulated a vast and diversified first-hand experience. Having lived and worked in Asia for such a long time, he has provided a variety of customized experiential workshops to a wide number of multinationals in various sectors. In addition, he conducts an annual seminar on Diversity and Inclusion at the ICS center in Hitotsubashi University which is attended by students taking the MBA Program.