Core cultural values and beliefs exist throughout the Chinese community, including business relationships. Understanding them can be essential to the success of a business meeting or negotiation. In this short course you'll discover a broad overview of Chinese culture by completing 4 units, with each unit expected to take 8–9 hours to study. Over a total of 36 hours, you'll explore topics including language, building trust, hierarchical society and gift-giving. It will also identify the potential challenges these present. You'll even learn some useful expressions in Mandarin Chinese and simplified characters along the way.
After successfully completing this Chinese Business Culture Essentials course at The Open University UK , you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.
You will learn
In the context of working within Chinese culture, whether this be business trips, hosting delegations, partnerships with Chinese organisations, or simply doing business in this market, this course aims to help you:
- raise your cultural awareness and improve your intercultural competence
- develop and integrate intercultural skills and strategies in Chinese business contexts
- reflect on and deepen your understanding of why China is a hierarchical society, and its impact when conducting business in China
- explore the concepts of guānxi, Confucius values, harmony and miànzi that underpin Chinese business dealings
- communicate more effectively with the Chinese people you interact with
- master some essential Mandarin Chinese expressions.
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This short course introduces you to some core Chinese cultural beliefs and values. Using stories and reflections from Westerners who have lived and worked in China, it will also highlight some potential challenges you may face.
China is a huge country with diverse cultures, and this course focuses on just a few fundamental aspects of Chinese culture, engaging you with reflective activities. You’ll gain a critical appreciation of different approaches. You’ll develop a better understanding of Chinese business culture, and more effective communication in Chinese business contexts.
This course is divided into four units:
- language, culture and intercultural competence
- hierarchical society and power relationships
- guānxi, miànzi and building trust
- harmony, gift-giving and traditional festivals.
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- 1 months
- 8 hrs/week
Start dates & application deadlines
- Start: At anytime before registration end date
- Registration closes 31 December
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- There are no entry requirements for this course. It’s suitable if you are completely new to Chinese and to language learning, and it does not assume any prior knowledge.
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International195 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.
National195 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 1 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.