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Cross-Cultural Human Resource Management

With a burgeoning global market, increased expatriate assignments, and technologies that allow people to work together virtually, it is vital that managers learn how to manage human resources across cultures.

This concentration develops your cross-cultural awareness and skills to better understand and manage human resources globally. The courses provide a broad overview of the various roles managers play within the international contexts and introduce you to comparisons of significant cross-cultural differences. They also help you to become familiar with ways to effectively anticipate and address cultural differences toward organizational and individual success. A particular emphasis of this concentration is placed on the unique challenges associated with managing people in an international environment ranging from the psychology of cross-cultural relationships to developing strategic HR policies to attract and retain a global workforce.


Students pursuing a concentration in cross-cultural human resource management should complete nine credit hours (three courses) from the following electives.

MGT 6101  Managing Human Resources: Data-Driven Decision Making (3 credit hours)
This course is intended to provide an introduction to the theory, policies, and practices that guide the management of human resources within organizations. The underlying premise of this course is that the people employed in an organization represent resources through which a sustainable competitive advantage can be achieved. Students will learn data-driven research findings concerning the relationships among human resource practices, employee outcomes, and organizational performance. Discussions will include detailed examinations of the tools and procedures used by organizations to attract, select, and retain employees. In addition to detailing established best practices for staffing, the course will also cover decision making biases and heuristics that frequently undermine organizational efforts to effectively manage their employees. Thus, this course is designed to help students develop a framework for making evidence-based decisions dealing with critical and complex human resource management issues facing today's organizations.

MGT 6114  Leadership Development (3 credit hours)
Understand why leaders lose their way and the self-awareness needed to avoid derailment. Understand leadership principles, values, and ethical boundaries, and how they and others might respond under pressure when challenged. Learn how to use motivation to build support teams and lead an integrated life. Optimize leadership effectiveness.

MGT 6116  Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
Examine how managers and employees become more effective leaders by understanding the role gender, race, and ethnicity play in the life of the organization. Understand the way the majority views itself and what effect this has on change within the organization. We will explore how a leader can use an understanding of these divergent styles to enhance both the individual's and group's effectiveness.

MGT 6118  Cross-Cultural Management (3 credit hours)
This course provides a broad overview of the various roles managers play within the unique international contexts. It introduces you to comparisons of significant cross-cultural differences and helps you to become familiar with ways to effectively anticipate and address cultural differences toward organizational and individual success. A particular emphasis is placed on the unique challenges associated with managing people in an international environment ranging from the psychology of cross-cultural relationships to developing strategic HR policies to attract and retain a global workforce.

MGT 6185  International Business Environment (3 credit hours)
Understand the forces in the global environment shaping a company's operations, choices, and opportunities. Illustrate best practices of international business competitiveness. Case situations focus on different countries' environments, industries, etc. Sharpen knowledge of international business issues and trends.

MGT 8803  Uncertainties and Opportunities of the Emerging World (3 credit hours)
Gain a strategic understanding of geopolitical matters such as geography, natural resources, population, ethnicity, religion, and global finance. Understand how these issues shape international business and strategic decision making.


MBA concentrations and immersive tracks are optional. You have the flexibility to take electives in any combination of areas.