Intercultural Management

Courses in foreign languages at the Faculty

Maria Nawojczyk prof. AGH

Semester: all

Key words: culture of capitalism, dimensions of cultural differences, intercultural communication, Polish culture of capitalism.

Intercultural Management (print)

Course description:

Since the late 1980s the “new economic sociology” has been a very dynamic current attempting to unify sociological and economic traditions, and has proven itself to be a fruitful approach to research. It opened the road to a number of interesting studies which brought a broader, more diverse view of the socio-economic realm. The sociological conceptions of economic organizations, as well as of culturally determined processes of doing business and managing, have found their application in the field of intercultural management. Scholars employing this method of analysis draw upon classics (including the modern classics) of sociology and of social and cultural anthropology.

The cultural variation of economic activity is wide and multidimensional. The exploration of the features of the different cultures of capitalism will be core issue of this course with particular stress on Polish one.

The topics to be covered are:

1.The concept of culture, the impact of culture on business, the meaning of culture, the basis of cultural differences, cross-cultural aspects of globalization.
2. Relations to people, concepts of individualism and communitarianism, degrees of affectivity in different cultures, intercultural communication, the effect of specific-diffuse orientation on business.
3. Relations to environment, internal and external control, different orientations to nature, universalist versus particularist orientations in different countries, status by achievement and economic development.
4. Relations to time, concept of time, time horizon, sequentially and synchronically organized activities, managing change in a past-oriented culture.
5. Case studies of different cultures of capitalism, Polish culture of capitalism.



  • Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner; Riding the Waves of Culture; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998.

  • Charles Hampden-Turner and Alfons Trompenaars; The Seven Cultures of Capitalism; London: Doubleday, 1993.

  • Geert Hofstede; Cultures and Organizations. Software of the Mind; New York: McGraw-Hill, 1997.

  • Sławomir Magala; Cross-cultural Competence; London & New York: Routledge, 2005.

  • Fred E. Jandt; An Introduction to Intecultural Comminucation; London: Sage 2007.


  • Don Robothan; Culture, Society and Economy; London: Sage, 2005.

  • Lawrence E. Harrison and Samuel P. Hantington (eds.); Culture Matters; New York: Basis Books, 2000.

  • Jacek Kochanowicz and Mira Marody, 2003, Towards understanding the Polish economic culture, “Polish Sociological Review”, nr 4, p. 343-368.

Grading system:

1. Weekly assignment of reading and activity during the class – 10%
2. Empirical project in the form of presentation or essay – 60%
3. Final test – 30%


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