cross culture 5 questions and case study

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Message to students in MGT 201 Cross Cultural Management

3 February 2014From Dr John Jones, subject lecturer

Final Assignment - Trimester 3 of 2013

A cross cultural management case study, “Japanese Companies in Germany”.

This assignment is worth 50% of the total marks for the subject.

The due date is Monday 24 February 2014. There will be no extensions.

The assignment is to be submitted through MOODLE, as a WORD document.

300 word limits have been suggested for each of the questions. There is no penalty for a reasonable number of words above or below this number, as long as the essential questions have been answered.

Use your own words where possible, but properly cited references to outside sources are acceptable where these assist your reply.

Good answers will meet the criteria in the MARKING GUIDE and will gain good marks.

KOI Plagiarism Policy. This assignment must be your own work based on personal study and or research. HOWEVER students may consult with other students in the class, in discussion groups or any other way, prior to the actual writing and submission of this assignment.


High Distinction


Clear attainment of all learning outcomes, with complete and comprehensive understanding of the subject content, development of relevant skills and intellectual initiative to an extremely high level.



Substantial attainment of most learning outcomes, with a high level of understanding of the subject content and development of relevant analytical and interpretative skills to a high level.



Sound attainment of some major learning outcomes, with good understanding of subject content and development of relevant skills.



Satisfactory attainment of a range of learning outcomes, with basic understanding of subject content and development of relevant skills.

Pass Conceded


Some attainment of learning outcomes with basic understanding of some subject content and some skill development.



Little or no attainment of learning outcomes, with limited understanding of course content or skill development.

The assignment covers the student outcomes expectation set out in the Subject Outline, which were:

· Distinguish cultural similarities and differences between people.

· Identify ways in which culture may affect organizations and their management.

· Apply relevant cross-cultural theories and frameworks in an effort to understand business challenges and problems in a global environment.

· Reflect on the role of culture in verbal and non-verbal cross-cultural communication.

Attachment A on MOODLE.

A cross cultural management case study, “Japanese Companies in Germany”.

Attachment B on MOODLE.

Extracts from the HOFSTEDE CENTRE 5-D Models for Japan and Germany.

Analysis of cross cultural management case study

“Japanese Companies in Germany”

Answer each of the five questions, worth 10 marks each. The word limit suggestion is 300 words for each question

Q1. (300 words answer) In the case study, institutional contrasts are seen as less fundamental and moreamenable to adjustments that allow for common ground, than deep-rooted societal values and customs. Writers such as Needle D, 2004 (see page 39 of the CCMgt textbook), see a further difference between “organizational culture” and “corporate culture”.

How are these differences explained in the case study?

You can refer to the Hofstede Centre 5-D Model to give some information on how Japanese

and German cultural backgrounds are different.

Q2. (300 words answer) The case study refers to a number of social and cultural barriers between Japanese and Germans, some of which have put in place quite deliberately.

What are these barriers? How do they benefit Japanese expatriates and what problems do these create in the minds of some Germans.

Q3. (300 words answer) English is described in the case study as a problem, both culturally and as a means of communication.

What are the reasons given in the case study, that English is seen as the language of the workplace, for Japanese firms operating in Germany?

How is the use of English seen as leading to communication problems for some Japanese managers in Germany?

Q4.(300 words answer) The case study refers at some length to the differences in “politeness” between Japanese and German managers.

Is this seen as a cultural difference by Hofstede? (Refer to Hofstede Centre 5-D Model to get some ideas).

Q5. (300 words answer)Not all problems in a workplace can be described as “cultural”.

In the case study, despite the obvious “culture gap” and the problems which this creates, the companies studied seemed to be successful.

What are non-cultural reasons for this, as identified or inferred in the case study.

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