Course description

Business Communication - Culture and Ethics

Introduction

This course is relevant for people who plan to do business internationally and who would like more insight into the ethics of business.

Course content

1. Intercultural Communication

The syllabus materials (details below) will present students with a portfolio of theoretical ideas within the field of intercultural awareness. They are supplied from the work of Gesteland, Hall, Hofstede, Trompenaars and the GLOBE project and are presented in detail in the required reading list (see below). In addition, students are expected to acquire a rudimentary knowledge of the characteristics of the national business cultures of Norway and six important trading partners of Norway: USA, Germany, France, UK, Japan and China.T

2. Ethical Dilemmas

The syllabus materials (details below) will present students with a selection of ethical decision-making tools. Students are expected to learn these ideas and to then practise using them in business situations in which simple economic models of utility maximization are not sufficient.

Learning outcome knowledge

  1. Intercultural awareness. Students will acquire knowledge of a portfolio of theoretical ideas within the field of intercultural awareness. They are supplied from the work of Gesteland, Hall, Hofstede, Trompenaars and the GLOBE project and are presented in detail in the required reading list (see below). In addition, students are expected to acquire a rudimentary knowledge of the characteristics of the national business cultures of Norway and six important trading partners of Norway: USA, Germany, France, UK, Japan and China.
  2. Ethical awareness. Students will acquire knowledge of a small number of ethical ideas such as consequentialism and deontology which provide alternative approaches to making decisions on ethical as opposed to self-interested grounds. These ideas are also presented in detail in the required reading list (see below).   

Exam organisation

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