The course will cover the key current topics in the international management field. In doing so, students will study the major terms, constructs and theories, as well as examine the key patterns and major debates, in the cross-cultural management literature. While theory, methodology, and application will be critically examined, a chief objective of the course is to develop research ideas that should lead to scholarly contribution. Students will further their understanding of national culture by examining the latest developments in the cultural intelligence and cross-cultural competencies literature. Topics on cross-cultural interaction, such as communication, negotiation, and the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships across cultures, will also be studied. Furthermore, students will study the literature on international assignments and the global mindset. In doing so, they will explore research on the emerging issues pertaining to international assignment types, the role of bi/multiculturals and cosmopolitans in global organizations, cross-cultural adjustment and culture shock, and gender and family in international assignments. Lastly, topics that have implications for human resource management practices in different cultures will be reviewed. By the end of the course students should gain not only mastery of the subject matter, but also develop knowledge creation capabilities and be able to identify, chart and eventually publish an original contribution. Thus, students will be encouraged to develop critical thinking and analytical skills, show creativity, and learn the effective use of written / verbal communications. As a means to that end, students will be required develop an original conceptual paper that would help fill a current void in the literature and be fitting for presentation at an academic conference.