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Registration for the Fall 2019 semester begins June 25.  Watch your email for more details.

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Cross-Cultural Labour Relations and Practices

Course Code: BUSN 4305
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks X 4 Hours per Week = 60 Hours
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of issues related to cross-cultural labour relations and practices, standard business protocols in foreign countries, management and employee relations, and key labour statutory requirements in different selected countries. The focus will be on small to medium-sized businesses trying to enter Latin American, European, and Pacific Rim countries.

Course Content

Main topics include:

  • Labour history and current practices.
  • Statutory requirements.
  • Business protocols:  formality, introductions, meetings, negotiations, socializing, ethics, body language.
  • Employee relations and compensation.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, assigned readings, case analyses, guest speakers, role plays, discussion, videos, independent research.

Means of Assessment

Participation  10%
Mid-Term Exam  20%
Final Exam  30%
Major Paper  20%
Case Study  10%
Role Play  10%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of labour practices and standards, business protocols, and employee relations in major Latin American, European, and Pacific Rim countries;
  2. analyze readings, case studies and statutes in order to recommend effective solutions and appropriate behaviours in business situations;
  3. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the business culture of at least one country being studied;
  4. demonstrate the ability to self-monitor and adjust one's behaviour to accommodate cultural differences in a business context.

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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