Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.IBS.4151 International Comparative Management
(InternationalComparative Management)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Kabst
Ansprechpartner (contact): Colin Wooldridge (colin.wooldridge[at]
Credits: 10 ECTS
Workload: 300 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.IBS.41511 / International Comparative Management Vorlesung / Übung P
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

There are currently no prerequisites.

Inhalte (short description):

This course focuses on challenges and issues regarding international comparative management (ICM).

The lecture teaches: - Cultural and institutional theories, cultural models and the concept of cultural distance - Relationship between societal aspects (e.g., culture) and economic outcomes - National business systems - The role of institutions at the organizational level - The changing business environment and consequences for corporations - International corporate entrepreneurship - International leadership - International human resource management
The practical part consists of self-guided / self-selected case studies in which the content of the lecture shall be illustrated with an exemplary case or a comparison of multiple cases. 
NOTE: The language of the course is English.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):
have knowledge about - cultural and institutional theories, - cross-cultural differences, - complexity and different levels of cultural research, - comparative institutional research, - cross-country differences in the approach towards leadership, - corporate entrepreneurship, - and human resource management.

Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):
have competencies in: - comparing cultural and institutional environments, - business systems, - and the organizational behavior of multinational enterprises. will be capable of: - basic scientific methods in examining cross-country differences of organizational practices.

Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):

​are able to appreciate and reflect the complexity of culture and institutions and their impact on organizational behavior in a globalized arena.

Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

​are able to navigate and exchange in an international business context.

Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulteilprüfungen
Art der Prüfung
(type of examination)
a) Projektarbeit 15 S. 25.00 %
b) Präsentation 15 min 25.00 %
c) Klausur 90 min 50.00 %
Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
M.Sc. International Business Studies
Umfang QT (participation requirements):
Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):

​The project work consists in writing and presenting a case study on one or multiple cases to illustrate selected topics of the lecture. Depending on the topic of the respective lecture, relevant cases for the project work include companies, cultural regions, countries, ethnic or religious groups, and individual leaders. The assessment includes a presentation of preliminary results and a final report. For the project work, students will be assigned to groups (self-assignment is possible). The final written exam examines knowledge of the content of the lecture.

NOTE: The language of the course is English.

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