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Subtitles: English, Arabic

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Social NetworkLeadershipManagementCross-Cultural Communication

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Subtitles: English, Arabic

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In the first module we outline the basics of leadership and leadership development with an international mindset, exploring common traps & challenges, and opportunities of intercultural leadership....
6 videos (Total 77 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
1. Introduction - Three Principles of Leadership15m
2. FOCUS ON RESEARCH - Leadership from an International OB Perspective14m
3. FOCUS ON PRACTICE - Leadership Challenges22m
4. FOCUS ON PRACTICE - Leadership Opportunities10m
5. Wrap Up8m
4 readings
Grading Policy10m
Surviving the Course10m
Links and Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
2 hours to complete


In this second module we talk about the impact of culture and cultural differences on organizations, different perspectives on analyzing and decoding culture, and how to develop intercultural intelligence. ...
5 videos (Total 76 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
2. FOCUS ON RESEARCH - Implicit Theories of Culture in Our Heads16m
3. CASE DISCUSSION - Decoding Cultures13m
4. FOCUS ON PRACTICE - Cultural Intelligence24m
5. Wrap Up5m
4 readings
Have You Ever Lived Abroad? Join The Discussion!10m
Join The Discussion: Should the Boss Have All the Answers?10m
Links and Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
3 hours to complete


Almost everything international leaders do, they do through communication. In an international context, they often encounter communication barriers when they interact with followers, peers, and partners from other cultures. We talk about how to encourage open, respectful, and productive conversations for improving collaboration and collective decision-making. We will also closely examine the role of communication for leaders' identity and their relationships with others. Bocconi alumni who have accumulated many years of international experience share with us what they have learned about intercultural communication and how to develop your communication skills....
7 videos (Total 107 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
2. Enabling Decision Making19m
3. Identity & Relationships - Part 111m
4. Identity & Relationships - Part 217m
5. FOCUS ON RESEARCH - Becoming a More Effective Communicator21m
6. INTEGRATIVE CASE - Communicating Effectively9m
7. Wrap Up12m
2 readings
Links and Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
2 hours to complete


International leaders need to spur and channel the energy, talents, and commitment of their followers. To foster motivation leaders need to recognize people's diverse needs and motives, cultural foundations of motivation, and social mechanisms that determine motivation in teams. We emphasize that there is no “magic bullet” for motivation that works reliably and universally, we discuss motivation theories and frameworks that can greatly enhance international leaders’ ability to adapt their motivation efforts in intercultural contexts - both for individuals and for teams....
8 videos (Total 96 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2. Content Theories13m
3. Process Theories - Part 1: Learned Needs Theory9m
4. Process Theories - Part 2: Expectancy Theory16m
5. CASE DISCUSSION - Applying Motivation Theories17m
6. Introduction to Team Motivation6m
7. FOCUS ON RESEARCH - How Sports Coaches Motivate Their Teams12m
8. Wrap Up12m
2 readings
Links and Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top Reviews

By AYJan 7th 2017

I completed this course while working abroad and I loved it. The course helped be to have a better understanding and respect for different cultures in life and in the work environment.\n\nThank You!

By GCAug 13th 2018

Very interesting course. Alumni viewpoints, pop-up questions, and interactive dialogues all made the course more engaging. Each video was a good length for informational content and attentiveness.



Franz Wohlgezogen

Assistant Professor
Department of Management and Technology

About Università Bocconi

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