Free Online Course on International Leadership and Organizational Behavior

The University of Bocconi is offering free online course on International Leadership and Organizational Behavior.

In this course – together with a team of Bocconi expert faculty and Bocconi alumni – we’ll explore the theory and practice of international and intercultural leadership and organizational behavior. The course starts on August 7, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Subject: Business
Institution: University of Bocconi and Coursera
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on August 7, 2017

Providers’ Details

University of Bocconi’s ambition is to develop students’ potential and foster knowledge in Business, Economics and Law through innovative learning and research activities in a multicultural environment. Bocconi is a community that constantly innovates teaching and learning technologies and that strongly believes in the power of life-long learning and networking. Now available online.

About This Course

Leaders in business and non-profit organizations increasingly work across national borders and in multi-cultural environments. You may work regularly with customers or suppliers abroad, or be part of a globally dispersed cross-functional team, or an expatriate manager on an international assignment. You may be a member of a global online community, or a development aid worker collaborating with an international network of partner organizations. In all of these contexts, your effectiveness as a leader depends on how well you understand and are able to manage individual and collective behaviors in an intercultural context.

Learning Outcomes

In this course – together with a team of Bocconi expert faculty and Bocconi alumni – we’ll explore the theory and practice of international and intercultural leadership and organizational behavior. Social science research has revealed systematic ways in which our behavior differs across cultural contexts – enabling us to more effectively work across borders. Insights from psychology, neuroscience, sociology and anthropology, from communication studies and from management scholarship allow us to understand what shapes individual and group decision making, what enhances or weakens team performance, and how we can build and use our social networks. And the shared practical experience of international leaders allows us to identify concrete steps to enhancing intercultural leadership competence, and to be cognizant of common leadership challenges.


Franz Wohlgezogen, Assistant Professor

Department of Management and Technology

Course Syllabus

  • Week 1 – Leadership Acumen. International perspective on leadership, common traps & challenges, and opportunities of intercultural leadership.
  • Week 2 – Navigating Culture. Impact of cultural differences on organizations, decoding culture, culture classifications and stereotyping, developing intercultural intelligence.
    Week 3 – Communication. Communication and its impact on leadership identity and relationships, managing communication to improve decision making, steps for developing your intercultural communication skills.
  • Week 4 – Motivation. Views on individual motivation, cultural differences in motivation, developing motivation and commitment in teams.
  • Week 5 – Networking. Patterns of interpersonal relationships in/across organizations, strategically developing social networks and social capital, norms for networking across cultures.
  • Week 6 – Conflict. Effective / defective conflict management approaches, dealing with ethical dilemmas.
  • Week 7 – Outro and Aknowledgements


All are welcome! Some prior exposure to basic issues of organizational behavior (communication, decision making, motivation, etc.) is useful, but not required.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create a Coursera account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.

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