International Leadership and Organizational Behavior: Online Course

International Leadership and Organizational Behavior is a free online course by the University of Bocconi. Develop intercultural competences for successfully leading in international environments, and working with diverse international teams.

About the course
In this course, together with a team of Bocconi expert faculty and Bocconi alumni, shall explore the theory and practice of international and inter-cultural leadership and organizational behavior.

Social science research has revealed systematic ways in which our behavior differs across cultural contexts - enabling us to more effectively work across borders.

International Leadership & Organizational Behavior


Insights from psychology, neuroscience, sociology and anthropology, from communication studies and from management scholarship allow us to understand what shapes individual and group decision making, what enhances or weakens team performance, and how we can build and use our social networks.

And the shared practical experience of international leaders allows us to identify concrete steps to enhancing inter-cultural leadership competence, and to be cognizant of common leadership challenges.

Course Syllabus
Week 1: Leadership Acumen. International perspective on leadership, common traps & challenges, and opportunities of intercultural leadership.

Week 2: Navigating Culture. Impact of cultural differences on organizations, decoding culture, culture classifications and stereotyping, developing intercultural intelligence.

Week 3: Communication. Communication and its impact on leadership identity and relationships, managing communication to improve decision making, steps for developing your intercultural communication skills.

Week 4: Motivation. Views on individual motivation, cultural differences in motivation, developing motivation and commitment in teams.

Week 5: Networking. Patterns of interpersonal relationships in/across organizations, strategically developing social networks and social capital, norms for networking across cultures.

Week 6: Conflict. Effective / defective conflict management approaches, dealing with ethical dilemmas.

Course Sessions
March 6, 2015 - April 5, 2015

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