Special Topics Course

SebatienPointDeveloping Global Leaders: European Management Perspectives

Visiting Scholar Professor Sebastien Point (Ph.D., EM Strasbourg Business School, France)

Registration Is Now Open
To Enroll, see below*
Course runs May 6 through June 5
For more information contact Ed Weckerly, ejw17@psu.edu or call 610-725-5377. 

Read student testimonials from last year's class.

The increase in cultural diversity and globalization in business requires managers to develop cross-cultural competence. This course develops students’ global understanding for working, following, and leading in European organizations. It is designed to help managers and organizational leaders make sense of various European cultures to prepare global leaders for work in highly diverse, intercultural environments. Since human resource management processes and organizational dynamics in European countries differ from practices in the United States, the need arises for businesses to understand how culture impacts the whole management process when working in Europe. Several case studies – describing both successful and unsuccessful practices – will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

After completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the European context and its implications for daily management;
  • Understand how the European Management perspectives differ from the American ones, and their impact on both working attitudes and behaviors;
  • Recognize when cultural differences are affecting work relationships with colleagues, supervisors or subordinates from a European culture;
  • Identify as well as acquire a European and Global Mindset Portfolio;
  • Develop greater sensitivity and confidence in their own capacity to effectively deal with French or German management issues;
  • Develop greater insight into specific HR practices and processes needing some adaptations in a European context, such as recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, and compensation strategies;
  • Apply relevant concepts and models to better communicate within a European management perspective;
  • Incorporate European management issues in designing global HR strategies in a fast changing environment.
  • Effectively engage in European intercultural communication, management, and leadership behaviors.

Course Schedule:  

Developing Global Leaders [MGMT 597A.101] will meet beginning May 6 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and two Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  You will complete 3 graduate credits in just four weeks.

*To Enroll:  

Professionals can enroll in this course on a nondegree basis. To apply submit a nondegree application. Please indicate in the notes section that you want to enroll in MGMT 597A: Developing Global Leaders.  For more information contact Ed Weckerly at 610-725-5377 or email ejw17@psu.edu.

Current students in all programs are welcome to enroll. To access the Graduate Course Schedule, visit  http://schedule.psu.edu/. To schedule this course, sign up through your eLion account, or contact the Registration Office at Penn State Great Valley, 610-648-3275 during normal business hours.

Student Testimonials

"Professor Point used many case studies and real-world examples. I can apply so many of the concepts to my daily work environment. This was an extremely valuable course for me."

"Best class to help me with my job. Sebastien was wonderful. Bring him back if possible."

"Professor Point is so passionate and energetic about getting the material across and making sure we all understand the concepts and how to apply them."