Prof. Dr. Sonja Sackmann


180 hours; Contact hours: 24h; Self-study: 156 hours 

Recommended prerequisites:

Knowledge in the areas of corporate management, personnel and organization or dealing with people in organizations is required.


The Intercultural Management module sensitizes students to the cultural complexity in the context of organizations and teaches the basics of working in foreign cultures as well as cooperation in inter-, multinational and globally active companies. The focus is on interaction relationships between people from different cultural backgrounds in an organizational context as well as how they deal with multiple cultural identities. This course teaches theories, models and dimensions in order to recognize and understand cultural differences. On the basis of a simulation and case studies, the students experience and work out to what extent intercultural differences in the organizational context influence work life, cooperation, communication and leadership processes and what prerequisites are needed to deal constructively with cultural differences. 

Learning objectives:

The Intercultural Management module is an interest module of the specialization Development of Sustainable Organizations. It focuses on sensitizing students to cultural differences within the framework of international and global cooperation, taking cultural diversity into account. The students learn to understand central processes, dynamics and conflict potentials in inter- and multinational cooperation and to develop effective ways of dealing with foreign cultures and cultural diversity. This knowledge has a high practical relevance for working in the context of an increasingly global economic world. This module also teaches social skills in inter- and multinational cooperation. 

Proof of performance:

Written examination of 60 minutes or grade certification. If the proof of performance is provided in the form of a grade certification, this will be announced at the latest at the beginning of the event, together with the specific modalities for obtaining the grade certificate.


  • Boyacigiller/Phillips/Kleinberg/Sackmann, Conceptualizing Culture. Elucidating the Streams of Research in International Cross-Cultural Management. In: Punnett/Shenkar (Hrsg.): Handbook for International Management Research. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2. Überarbeitete Aufl. 2004: 99-167.
  • Harris/Moran, Managing Cultural Differences, 6. Aufl., Elsevier, 2004.
  • Primecz/Romani/ Sackmann (Hrsg.) Cross-Cultural Management in Practice: Culture and Negotiated Meanings, Edward Elgar, 2011.