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Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Managing and Leading Across Cultures

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/29/2020

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the similarities and differences of managing and leading across cultures.



BMAL 501


Most domestic organizations today have an Internet presence which means anyone anywhere in the world may be a potential customer. Thus, it is very important for managers and leaders of domestic firms to be able to understand how to lead and manage in both domestic and overseas environments. BMAL 604, while not to be considered a Business-content course in International Business, assumes its students have some business foundational awareness as it relates to management and leadership.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate biblical principles within the context of managing and leading across cultures.
  2. Propose management and leadership issues associated with the basic principles of doing business across cultures.
  3. Examine the foundational theoretical and knowledge base necessary for dealing with the risks inherent in doing business across cultures.
  4. Distinguish among modes of market entry.
  5. Compare the similarities and differences in leadership and management dimensions between domestic and overseas environments.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Satterlee, B. (2018). Cross border commerce (3rd ed.). Raleigh, NC: Synergistics International Inc. ISBN: 9781934748176.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in this resource.

Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (6)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. For Discussion Board Forums 1–4, the thread and replies will be submitted in the same module/week; however, for Discussion Board Forums 5–6, the threads and replies will be due in separate modules/weeks. See the instructions and grading rubrics for further clarification.

Integration of Faith and Learning Paper

Each student will write a 6–8-page paper (excluding title page, abstract, and reference/end materials) that answers each of the questions listed below. A minimum of 5 biblical and 5 scholarly/professional sources are required. The answers must be comprehensive, substantive, and written at the graduate-level. The paper is to be written using current APA format. Use each question as a Level 1 Heading in the paper. The sub-questions are to be used as Level 2 Headings.

1. Give a brief introduction to the nation selected (1–2 pages minimum).

2. What are the major religion(s) in the nation (2-page minimum)?

a. Describe how each major religion defines its worldview.

b. Describe how this differs from the Christian worldview.

3. How might the above items impact a Christian manager/leader working in that nation (1–2 pages minimum)?

4. How might a Christian manager/leader prepare to address these differences while working in that nation (1–2 pages minimum)?

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 open-book/open-notes objective question/item-type quizzes. Each quiz consists of 20 questions to be answered in a 30-minute timeframe.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 100 pts ea; 2 at 70 pts ea)


Integration of Faith and Learning Paper


Quizzes (4 at 100 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


BMAL 604

Textbook: Satterlee, Cross Border Commerce (2018).


Reading & Study




Satterlee: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1






Satterlee: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Quiz 2




Satterlee: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Quiz 3




Satterlee: chs. 7–8

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Quiz 4




Review reading from

previous modules/weeks

1 presentation

DB Forum 5 – Thread



Review reading from

previous modules/weeks

1 presentation

DB Forum 5 – Replies



Review reading from

previous modules/weeks

1 presentation

DB Forum 6 – Thread



Review reading from

previous modules/weeks

1 presentation

DB Forum 6 – Replies

Integration of Faith and Learning Paper





DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Module/sWeeks 1-7 begin on Monday at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and end Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). Module/Week 8 begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Friday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

** DB Forums are considered unified assignments of collaborative learning, thus points are only awarded at the end of the DB period for all 3 parts of the DB assignment.