International Leadership and Organizational Behavior

Develop intercultural competences for successfully leading in international environments, and working with diverse international teams.

About The Course

Leaders in business and non-profit organizations increasingly work across national boarders 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. 

 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.

Learning about organizational behavior provides a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills and to reflect on your own behavioral tendencies. How do you usually make important decisions? What motivates you and how do you try motivating others? How successfully do you leverage and integrate diverse skills and views in a team? Do you prefer professional relationships with a close-knit group of trusted colleagues, or with a far-flung network of acquaintances from all walks of life?

We are looking forward to welcoming you and supporting you on this journey of learning and discovery. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor. Certificates don't confer credit or degree and they don't affirm that participants were enrolled as students at Bocconi University or at SDA Bocconi.
  • Do I need special resources for the course?
    No, the course is self-contained. You simply need an Internet connection and the time to watch, read, interact, explore and, above all, enjoy the course.
  • What is the most important reason for me to attend the course?
    How can you effectively communicate across language barriers?
    How can you motivate individuals and teams if they have fundamentally different assumptions and values than you?
    How can you foster and nurture relationships and networks across cultural and geographic divides?
    How can you manage conflicts?
    If you really want to learn how organizations behave and take decisions and at the same time develop leadership skills, then this is the course for you.

Recommended Background

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