Select a country and offer a Culture Briefing

Homework 1 (3 pages, 6 References) 

Write a short essay (3 pages, not including cover sheet & reference page) that identifies the most critical issue facing management as we progress through the second decade of the 21st century?  Why is this issue more critical than any other of the many issues facing management?  Hint:  This topic is discussed in the Daft text.  There is no “right” answer to this question; the most critical issue is for you to choose based on your readings.

A minimum of five quality references are expected in this assignment including your text.  You should use sources from the UMUC virtual library databases.  Two excellent sources of articles are ABI/Inform and Business Source Complete.

Do not use Wikipedia.  Do not Google the topic–use the UMUC virtual library databases.  You should have at least 5 references; 3 of the references should be academic journals.

  Homework 2 (3 pages, 6 References) 

Read Case 5.3, Getting the Message Across, in the Northouse 6th ed. text (pp. 113-114; if you are using Northouse 5th ed. see pp. 102).  Answer the 3 questions listed on pg. 114 (or 103), using the information on Situational Leadership discussed in Chapter 5.  In addition to the Northouse text, you should support your conclusions and recommendations throughout the paper with a minimum of two additional references.  The assignment should be between 3 pages, excluding the cover sheet & reference list.  Be certain to cite all sources appropriately.

Post in the assignment folder (e.g., HW 2 Elgin).



  1.  Homework 3 (Midterm) (4 pages, 8 References)

Due: See Course Schedule for DUE DATE

Read the C & C Grocery Stores, Inc. case in Daft (pp.135-138)

  1. Do you think that the proposed reorganization will work in addressing the four problem areas identified in the case?
  2. Why will it or why won’t it work?
  3. Support your arguments/conclusions with specific examples from the case and citations from the text and at least 1 additional credible source.


  • Your paper should be a 4 page essay,
  • Post in your assignment area.


  1.  Homework 4-Research Individual Assignment (6 pages, 12 References)

Due: See Course Schedule for DUE DATE

The purpose of this paper is to brief colleagues who will be leading a new venture for your firm in this country.

The focus should be on analysis rather than description.  While your readers need to know about geography, language & politics, more important are the less tangible issues as addressed in the Adler text.  The Adler text has many constructs that you would use for this paper (e.g., Hofstede’s concepts of individualism/collectivism, power distance & uncertainty avoidance).

Select a country and offer a Culture Briefing of a country to include at a minimum:

  • Identify your organization and the new venture product or service
  • Location
  • History
  • Size
  • Political System
  • Economic System
  • Language
  • Traditions, Values and ethics
  • Life Styles
  • Characteristics of the Culture
  • Business Practices
  • Tips for leading in this country
  • Conclusion (What is most important to remember about leading in this country).


Success TIP:  Don’t do a PPT presentation or simply provide a list of bullet points.  In part, your paper will be evaluated (as always) on your ability to write well, organize your points, and write a clear, coherent paper.


Your focus should be on the “practical” and “realistic”– what they need to know to be successful AND suggestions for how one might implement these strategies for success.   For example, if a recommendation would require additional resources, how should the organization acquire those resources?  Are your recommendations workable given the culture of that field of activity and the internal culture of the organization?  Papers thatsimply describe the culture and make lofty recommendations without practical strategies for implementation will not earn a grade of “A”.


The paper should be 6 pages in length.  Strive to be creative.   Give your business a name and identify the service/product your new business will offer.

Use appropriate and credible source material and integrate applicable concepts from the textbooks and course material. The bulk of your research should be done using the UMUC databases.  Remember, you are not expected to be an expert in the county/culture you select, but rather I am looking for demonstration of your new expertise in application of management, leadership, and organizational design in a global society.

NOTE:  The purpose of this paper is to apply the concepts you are learning in the course and demonstrate both your understanding and application.

It is recommended that you utilize important concepts from the course to organize your presentation and provide context for the exposition of your source material.

Post in the assignment area.

Conference Paper 1 (2 pages, 4 References)

You are leading a U.S. based firm with operations in several other countries as well. How will you ensure the firm’s local managers comply with the firm’s ethical standards? How will you deal with the differences in business practices?  What if something that is legal and an assumed part of doing business in another country (e.g., bribes, a/k/a “facilitation payments”) is illegal in the U.S.


Conference Paper 2 (2 pages, 4 References)

Many managers must work with people from other cultures; what can an organization do to train managers to communicate more effectively across cultures?

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