15.996 | Fall 2004 | Graduate
Cross-Cultural Leadership

Lecture Notes

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1 Introduction and Overview (PDF) Set the baseline. What understanding of leaders and leadership has each of us already acquired? How does that reflect our global experiences?

Identify Teams

Introductory Presentation of each Team’s Region: Geography, History, Regional Differences, Politics, Economic Issues

Brief Overview of the Theories and Themes in this Course

2 Cultural Styles (PDF) Universalism vs. Particularism

Individualism vs. Collectivism

Neutral vs. Emotional

Achievement vs. Ascription

Cross-cultural Dialogue

3 Social Dimensions (PDF) Assertiveness

Gender Differentiation

Uncertainty Avoidance

Power Distance

Cross-cultural Dialogue

4 Orientation to Time and Space (PDF) Focus on Past, Present or Future: Short or Long-term Horizon

Monochronic or Polychronic Activities: Rigid or Fluid Schedules

Space: Public, Private or Mixed

Cross-cultural Dialogue

5 Leadership Effectiveness (PDF) Leadership Traits

Leadership Styles

Presentation of Student Papers

Critique of Course

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