Law and Business

Study in Rome - HRM and Cross Cultural Management - Undergraduate

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Study HRM and Cross Cultural Management in Rome July 2017

The recent opening of the ACU’s Rome Centre, in partnership with the Catholic University of America, provides exciting new study opportunities.

The Faculty of Law and Business is pleased to offer two units:

  • MGMT307 Cross-cultural Management
  • HRMG310 Global Human Resource Management and Sustainability

Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: 17 - 28 July, 2017


The two units will be taught concurrently over two weeks. Students will study with ACU teaching staff and stay at the ACU Rome Centre’s accommodation with the other students and participate in cultural tours and visits.

Students can either fly as a group or can meet up in Rome at the Rome Centre.

All students will leave the Rome Centre to either fly home with the other students or to make their own way (home or to another destination).

Before traveling to Rome, the Peter Faber Business School will hold pre-departure seminars to brief participants on the study tour.

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MGMT307 Cross-cultural Management

Credit points: 10
Prerequisites: Nil
Lecturers: Associate Professor Nasir Butrous and Ms Ellen McBarron

In the contemporary global environment, organisations interact with culturally diverse customers, staff, suppliers, competitors and governments. Knowing how to manage within this diverse context is critical for international operations whether they are for-profit or not-for- profit. A systematic and critical understanding of culture is important for international managers. This unit introduces you to the study of management in international multi-cultural business environments. It builds on and integrates the basic concepts of management and how they are impacted by differences across cultures. The unit will help you to become acquainted with elements of cultural context for management, managing across cultures, cross-cultural communications, motivation and leadership. As part of achieving sustainable business outcomes which contribute to the common good, ethical issues across cultures will be a major focus of the unit.

HRMG310 Global Human Resource Management and Sustainability

Credit points: 10
Prerequisites: MGMT100 Managing: People, Systems and Culture
Lecturers: Associate Professor Nasir Butrous and Ms Ellen McBarron

Globalisation challenges organisations to grapple with complex issues as they seek to gain competitiveness. This unit focuses on the opportunities and challenges associated with managing employees in global crosscultural contexts. The unit is designed to build upon prior knowledge of the principles of human resource management in a domestic setting. Specific emphasis is placed on effective talent management including: remuneration, sourcing staff, managing expatriate assignments, performance management and training and development. The unit also explores strategies that need to be implemented by organisations to maximise their cross-cultural performance and achieve sustainable organizational outcomes.


The study tour is conducted over two weeks and excluding flights the program fee is currently estimated to be AUD$ 2,300- $2,500*.

The program fee covers:

  • Shared accommodation at the Rome Centre
  • Meal plan (breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday)
  • Airport transfers (for group flights)
  • Scheduled group excursions and site visits
  • Welcome dinner

The program fee does not include the return airfare to Italy.

To confirm your place in this exciting program, a non-refundable deposit of $500. (Payment options to be confirmed)

* 2017 prices are subject to international exchange rates and may fluctuate.


Associate Professor Nasir Butrous

Deputy Head of Peter Faber Business School

Associate Professor Nasir ButrousDr Nasir Butrous was Foundation Head of the School of Business – Brisbane campus (1999-2004) and a faculty board member. In 2004 he was privileged to be elected to the ACU Senate for two years and to the Academic Board (2011-2013).

Since 2009 he has been selected as an International Judge for the Global Enterprise Challenge Competition (GEC). He was appointed jointly by the Australian Federal Government and the Queensland Government as a member of the Regional Development Australia - Moreton Bay Board Committee in 2009, and renewed for a second term in 2011.

Dr Butrous was elected as Executive Board member for the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) and Chair of Governance and Administration Committee (2009-2011).

On 1st of July 2013, A/P Butrous was appointed as the Deputy, Head of Business School (Melbourne Campus). In September 2016 A/P Butrous was appointed as Deputy National Head of Peter Faber Business School. Associate Professor Butrous’ research and special interest areas include management and leadership, organisational theory and behaviour, strategic decision-making, women in management and leadership positions, and ethical business leadership.

Ms Ellen McBarron

Lecturer – Management and Human Resource Management

Ellen McBarronBBus (Hons), MM (Entrepreneurship) GCHE

Ellen McBarron lectures in management and HR and is based on the Brisbane campus of ACU. Her background includes 30 years in the finance industry where she left as the National Training Manager in 1999 to move to academia. She has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate in Burma, Thailand, Hong Kong and Beijing. Ellen is an experienced manager and leader actively researching in organisation management of expatriates and their experience with international HRM, performance management, social entrepreneurship and refugee employability. She is actively involved in social justice issues within the university community. Ellen has regular consultancy work within Queensland Government and the mining industry.


Please contact if you have any queries.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Rome Centre as you undertake your undergraduate studies with ACU.