• March 24th, 2016

Evaluation of the key Cross Cultural: Management Influences at Barclays PLC

Paper, Order, or Assignment Requirements

Module

Cross Cultural Management

Assignment
Title
Evaluation of the key Cross Cultural
Management influences at Barclays
PLC

Harvard Referencing The Harvard Referencing System must be used. The
Wikipedia website must not be referenced in your work.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should
be able to:
1. Discuss critically the concept of culture and
approaches to the study of culture, explaining its
usefulness and relevance to a range of issues of
management and organisation.
2. Provide a critical account of the main theoretical
approaches to cross-cultural management.
3. Use these theories to analyse problems and issues
of organisation and management in a context of
increasing cultural diversity, and to recommend how
they may be addressed.
4. Evaluate the implications of culture and/or language
for business communication.
5. Identify the effect of global communications on
disparate cultures.
6. Appraise the problems of managing across cultures
and propose considered solutions.

Grading
Criteria
Postgraduate Grading Criteria for this assignment is available at the
end of this document.

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Scenario

Your Task
You are an aide to the management team tasked with integrating
the Barclays and Lehman Brothers cultures post the acquisition
of Lehman Brothers.

Based on the case study of Barclays and Lehman Brothers,
supported by your own research you are asked to do the
following.

Referring to the 6 levels of cultures normally found in a business
context and considering the main theoretical influences and
models in the field of cross cultural management, write a report
where you discuss the challenges faced by Barclays PLC after the
acquisition of Lehman Brothers. As part of the report you are also
asked to provide recommendations on how the management of
the newly formed organisation can effectively move forward
without losing key management staff, intellectual property and
knowledge created at Lehman Brothers while they were still
operational.

The report will include the following:

1- Background of the businesses involved, highlighting some
of the key cultural influences and challenges that
management may be facing. (LO1, LO2)
2- Critically evaluate prominent theories and models on the
topic and linking this to the business in question with the
view of making effective recommendations to the team.
(LO2, LO4, LO5, LO6)
3- With justification, identify the key management actions
that can be taken to address the issues highlighted in 2
above, which will ensure the business is able to leverage
the acquisition effectively in order to gain competitive
advantages for the business. (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)

Guideline Please read all questions and information provided carefully. Answer
should be made in appropriate length keeping in view the
requirement of each question and total word counts allowed.

In addition, your assignment should demonstrate the following
qualities:

A critical appreciation of relevant literature and its use to support
argument, substantiate calculations and other aspects of the
assignment.
Taking ownership of the content, being prepared to debate and
argue a personal position, and providing evidence of evaluative

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skills. A submission made up of extracts from published sources
which is descriptive or simply just theoretical regurgitation is not
acceptable. Your submission must have interpretation and
consideration of the challenges and issues of taking theory into
practice.
Logical flow of ideas and treatment; appropriate selection of real
world factors related to the companies under scrutiny.

Evidence of additional personal research, and the ability to analyse
material from a variety of appropriate relevant perspectives.

Presentation, structure, appropriateness of methodology, breaking
into section headings/subheadings, tidiness.

Marks will be awarded for proper referencing and originality of work.
Also note that plagiarism is a serious offence and your submission
will be electronically checked.

Your report must be handed in electronically no later than given date
of submission.

Note The assignment should be in the format of a professional Business
Report ( one that you would be expected to submit to the Senior
Management Team of an organization were you to be in a “real-life”
business situation)

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