• Nando Kasteleijn

Nando Kasteleijn

Student Communication

  • Erwin van de Zande

Erwin van de Zande

Student Communication

  • Jeanine Muijs

Jeanine Muijs

Student Nursery



Course objectives

To provide the student with a certain understanding of:

  • aspects of European history, culture, countries, union and economic development;
  • aspects of Dutch industrial relations, in particular, the so-called Poldermodel
  • certain basic theories and principles of the business models applied in the Netherlands;
  • aspects of social security systems in Europe and the Netherlands, aspects of the impact of culture on doing business in Europe 

We will discuss culture on three levels: macro (society), meso (organization) and micro (individual) level. 
Course outline




Wednesday –January 8

Introduction & Awareness
Living in a globalized world
Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat, Penguin Books, 2006 (pp. 4-29). 


Thursday – January 9

European culture
Current, recent & the old days
Similar & different
Nations, states & peoples
Economics & Politics

Assignment 1:
Student select one country to study (in pairs)

Tony Judt, ‘The Varieties of Europe’, In: Postwar, The Penguin Press, New York, 2005 (pp. 749-775)


Friday – January 10

Cross Cultural Theory and models
Cross Cultural Theory and Models, Fons Trompenaars, Charles Hampden-Turner, 'Human Resource Management and Corporate Culture', in: Managing People Across Cultures, Capstone Publishing, 2004, pp. 20-45


Monday – January 13

The Netherlands as an example

With participation of Dutch students in class
after small introduction the students should interview each other and present results, related to the theories

If you want to work abroad…
Analysis by
- studying the required competencies for working international organizations
- comparing the schooling systems
- comparing the Recruitment & Selection Processes


Tuesday – January 14

The impact of national cultures for working in organizations
Terence Jackson, International HRM, a cross cultural approach, Sage Publications, London, 2002 (246 pages),
ISBN 0 7619 7404 0 Summary by Jan Lok


Wednesday – January 15

Moral Competence in working internationally
Discipleship & Leadership
Stakeholders, shareholders & stewards


Thursday – January 16

Presentation assignment 1

Lok / van der Helm

Friday – January 17

Change Management & Culture
The role of leadership
The Christian background of the Breman Case

van der Helm / Lok

Monday – January 20

MLK day - no class

Tuesday – January 21

Business Practices
Role play and interviews with Dutch students
MLK - chapel

Lok / van der Helm

Wednesday -

January 22

Doing business abroad
Doing business in Europe, with the example of The Netherlands
Jacob Vossestein, Dealing with the Dutch

Van der Helm

Thursday – January 23

Time and stress management

van der Helm

Friday – January 24

The ins & outs of working in a developing country

related to
theories about cultural differences
required competencies & skills

van der Helm

Monday -

January 27

International Leadership, specific from European perspective

van der Helm

Tuesday -

January 28

Presentation assignment 2 

van der Helm

Wednesday –

January 29