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Executive Programme Certificate in Managing Business & Culture

Business and Culture Course Programme Description



The Executive Programme Certificate in Business and Culture is a modular distance learning Programme Endorsed and Approved and Executive Certificate of Completion is Issued by Laurel University of High Point, North Carolina, USA and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) United Kingdom


This course gives attention to the knowledge and skills needed to manage a multinational, multicultural business. The focus is on understanding how cultural differences can affect the marketing and delivery of products and services, and the interaction of company employees with one another, customers, suppliers, and government representatives.


This course has 11 modules, each focusing on a unique topic with unique objectives for your knowledge, skill, and values. Modules are given different priority, and so are not always equal in length, difficulty, or grading weight. Failing a module will result in immediate repetition of that module.


This course is for corporate executives. In some ways, this course will be more demanding and academically rigorous than a traditional classroom or face to face course. It has been carefully engineered by a team of qualified university professors and experienced business executives to meet the needs of busy working professionals who require maximum flexibility in a market-relevant, academically rigorous education. It places a significant burden on the student to manage the study schedule and to master concepts, principles, practices and tools. Self-discipline and time management skills are therefore essential to successfully complete this course.


To enrol in this course, you must read this Course Description and the Course Introduction.  


 Entry Requirements


One of the following

  • Senior Managers
  • Managers
  • Company Supervisors A recognised university foundation programme
  • or be
  • a middle or senior manager or specialist, with over 5 years of experience
  • an Owner Manager wishing to develop and grow their organisation
  • a Consultant with corporate clients.


Flexible Start Dates


Students can start the programme monthly each Year




10 to 14 Weeks.

Course Content



Issues + Resources


Introduction to the Course and the Learning Context

Course Materials and Contents

Meaning and Implications of the “Culture War”

Meaning and Source of Culture, Values, Norms

Values Can be both Cognitive and Affective

Patterns of Value Change in Recent Decades

Impact of Modern Technology on Culture



Merging Cultures

 Differences in Economic Freedom

 Findings of the World Values Survey

Findings of Hofstede, and Comments from Detractors

 Evidence from Culture 4.0

 Learn Whether “Those People” Are All Alike

 Formulate Your Own Conclusions about Cultural Differences



The SENSING of Cultural Differences

Learn to Learn from Paired Comparisons of Art and Music

Learn to Learn from Paired Comparisons of Literature

Learn to Learn from Paired Comparisons of Food

Learn to Learn from Paired Comparisons of Architecture

Learning through Case Study Applications



Cultures and Conflict

 How Cultural Differences Can Divide People Groups

 Think Critically about Diversity, Assimilation, Conformity

 Cross Culture Marriages

 African and Native American Tribal Conflicts

Subculture Separatism within National Borders

 Ethnic “towns” in Major Cities

 Caste Systems

Genocide& Ethnic Cleansing

The Realities of “Melting Pot Societies”



Central's Challenges in Dubai

How Cultural Differences Affect Marketing

How Cultural Differences Affect Human Resource Management

How Cultural Differences Affect Contracts

How Cultural Differences Affect Negotiations

How Cultural Differences Affect Team Building

How Cultural Differences Affect Investment

How Islam Affects International Banking

The Challenge of International Joint Ventures



Communication Between Cultures

 Hints of Common Roots from Ancient Chinese Characters

 Importance of Learning the Language

 Problems Associated with Word Choice

Challenges of Communicating Through an Interpreter

 Read and Write Chinese



Ethics, Cross Culturally

 Learn the Difference between Ethics and Etiquette

 Learn the Differences in Measures of Corruption

 Learn How to Handle Common and Accepted Illegal Practices

 Learn the Effects of FASB 925

 Learn from Case Study Applications




Religion and Business

 Historical Pattern of World Religions

 How Faith Affects Values and Culture

Basics of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity



Living and Working Abroad

Learn Where Perceptions, Attitudes, and Values Differ: Health, Family, Marriage, Education, Training, Personal Accountability, Individualism, Authority, Law, Bribery, Materialism, Foreigners, Life

Doing Business in China, India, Mexico, the UAE, Brazil, Russia, and the United States



The Sustainability Challenge

 Meaning and Implications of Economic Sustainability

 Organizations that Promote Sustainability

 Examples of Sustainability Efforts



Comprehensive Course Overview and Exam


How This Course Is Graded

On an unannounced and unscheduled basis, students are asked questions by the Tutors, Lecturers and Instructors, the company department manager, the personal guide, the Human Resources Department and other students about various aspect of the learning experience. College Tutors, Lecturers and Instructors have access to data and summary reports in real-time, on-demand. 


Grading standards for this course will be “P” for Pass,  “M” for Merit and “D” for Distinction. As this course is based on continuous learning; Note that a student MAY NOT be able to proceed to a new module in this course without first demonstrating minimum competency before been allowed to proceed to the next module. Students and Tutors, Lecturers and Instructors have access to real-time performance assessments throughout this course.


Study Timetable

The Business and Culture Management Course Unit along with the accompany modules typically takes about 10 to 14 weeks with continuous assessment and assignments. The complete course should take approximately 14 Weeks to complete.


Tutor Support

Following registration, our students will be allocated to a Tutor or Lecturer or Instructor to discuss your course work and give advice and guidance on assignments.


Study fees

£995 GBP


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