Chinese Working Place Cultures

Spring 2019

Chinese Working Place Cultures (5 ECTS)

Organiser: University of Turku

Instructor: Outi Luova, Centre for East Asia Studies, University of Turku


  •  March 4 – April 30, 2019

Course Description: China possesses one of the fastest growing economies in the world and Chinese companies are becoming ever more important as merger and acquisition investors. Chinese organizations and working environments have many specific features which are also under rapid change due to globalization and digitalization. Without properly understanding the general aspects of work in global multi-cultural companies and the unique aspects of Chinese working place cultures, misunderstandings, frustration, and other such problems may arise. The course is aimed at students who plan to work in China, or in Chinese-owned companies for example in Finland.

Learning Outcomes: During this course, participants will learn 1) to understand the basic aspects of working in multicultural environments, and how to foster own cultural intelligence (CQ), and 2) to interpret specific features of Chinese working place cultures through practical examples. By gaining knowledge and understanding on these features, participants will know how to work more efficiently in a Chinese working environment.

 Taken as:

  • Online lectures
  • Course readings
  • Group discussions
  • Learning diary

Grading: On a scale of 1–5

Application: Maximum of 40 students will be taken to the course in the order of application. Each member university has a quota of 5 students. Application period for next course November 5-25, 2018Go to application instructions.