Prof. Dr. Hendrik Hüttermann


150h; Contact hours: 24h; Self-study: 126h



Module no. (Course no.):

2528 (25281)

Recommended prerequisites:

Basic knowledge in the field of leadership and organizational behavior that is typically acquired in undergraduate management courses. 


Given the increased globalization of markets and internationalization of many organizations, working and taking over leadership positions in foreign cultures have become essential parts of most successful careers.

The aim of this seminar is to analyze the implications of cultural diversity for organizational leadership from theoretical and practical perspectives. In a first step, participants become familiar with basic principles and approaches of measuring cultural differences. After this, the implications of cultural differences for successful leadership in different regions of the world are discussed. Moreover, challenges and approaches for leading culturally diverse teams are analyzed.

The seminar topics are discussed based on up-to-date scientific findings as well as examples from organizational practice and case studies.

Learning objectives:

The seminar aims at the following qualification goals:

  • Sharpen awareness for the relevance of cultural differences for leadership and cooperation
  • Acquire basic knowledge on seminal approaches for measuring cultural differences
  • Enhance understanding of the implications of cultural differences for successful leadership in foreign cultures and cooperation in multicultural teams
  • Practice transfer of acquired knowledge

Proof of performance:

Presentation and term paper. The specific modalities for obtaining the grade certificate will be announced at the beginning of the seminar.


  • House, R. J., Hanges, P. J., Javidan, M., Dorfman, P. W., & Gupta, V. (Eds.) (2004). Culture, leadership, and organizations: The GLOBE study of 62 societies. Sage.
  • Kraimer, M., Bolino, M., & Mead, B. (2016). Themes in expatriate and repatriate research over four decades: What do we know and what do we still need to learn? Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior, 3, 83–109.
  • Stahl, G. K., & Maznevski, M. L. (2021). Unraveling the effects of cultural diversity in teams: A retrospective of research on multicultural work groups and an agenda for future research. Journal of International Business Studies, 52(1), 4–22.