• Application Deadline
  • 6 months
The Managing Across Organisational and Cultural Boundaries programme offered by The Open University UK is about collaboration – working, managing and organising across organisational and cultural boundaries. 


Whether within or across organisations, via partnerships, joint ventures and alliances, collaboration can be both stimulating and rewarding. It entails the combination of resources and expertise  which enables partners to achieve something jointly that they cannot achieve working alone. However, collaboration is also fraught with difficulties and dilemmas. 

By studying the Managing Across Organisational and Cultural Boundaries programme offered by The Open University UK, you’ll explore the many issues and challenges associated with working collaboratively across different contexts. You will also learn about concepts and theories that can help you to better manage collaborative situations in the future

After studying this module you should have a good understanding of:

  • themes pertinent to organising and managing within and between organisational and international contexts
  • issues pertinent to different organisational actors and stakeholders including aims, power and politics; cultural diversity; international diversity and the darker side of collaborating.

You should be able to:

  • synthesise, critically evaluate and challenge existing knowledge of inter-organisational relations (IOR) and organisational behaviour (OB)
  • identify and critically assess different perspectives on managing and organising
  • use conceptual frameworks to describe functions of organising and managing in and across organisational and international contexts
  • critically evaluate theories in relation to personal experiences, organisational, inter-organisational and international setting with which you are familiar and the relative standpoints of others within different contexts
  • articulate ideas and communicate effectively using appropriate IOR and OB concepts to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment of your written work, and who you can ask for advice and guidance on your academic study. We will also offer group tutorials (either face to face or online) or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Online tutorials allow you to talk in real time to your tutor or other students over the internet, and include additional features such as an interactive whiteboard and the ability to share web pages.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

This module makes a broad distinction between organisational, inter organisational and international contexts. You will explore what is involved in collaborating effectively within and across such different contexts.

There are five study themes throughout this module, all of which are central to understanding how different individuals perceive and experience the different contexts in which they work. The themes are:

  • managing aims
  • power, politics and trust
  • cultural diversity
  • international management perspectives
  • the darker side of collaborative arrangements.


Managing across organisational and cultural boundaries is relevant for anyone interested in aspects of organisational behaviour and inter-organisational relations

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from previous studies at OU levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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