Expert led Cohort

Cultural Intelligence

Macquarie University

Learn how to work better with culturally diverse people in this global and interconnected world. Cohort led by work and organizational psychologist Simon Büschges (M.Sc.).

Profile image for Simon Büschges with Simon Büschges @simonb

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  1. 1. Online Course

    The course we’ll take. This will be found on an external provider site.

  2. 2. Discussion Forum

    Where we support each other as we take the course.

  3. 3. Weekly Live Streams

    Where we learn from instructors, experts, or each other.

Completed Jan 17, 2022

368 learners enrolled

We now live in a truly global, interconnected world. It’s very likely that you work with customers from different countries or have colleagues with different cultural backgrounds. In a diverse work environment, successful employees and leaders must understand the cultural backgrounds, beliefs, and attitudes of the people around them – or run the risk of failing to achieve their organisation’s and their personal goals. Watch any older HSBC ad to get great examples of why cultural intelligence is important. This course, which is part of the Global MBA by Macquarie University, uses structured learning activities (video lectures, quizzes, discussion prompts, industry interviews, and written assessments) to teach you about ‘cultural intelligence’ – specifically how spotting cultural differences and adapting their behaviour accordingly makes employees and leaders effective. You’ll develop cultural intelligence and sensitivity – key future-focused capabilities required of every leader. 

Meet the Expert

Simon Büschges


Simon loves working and learning in culturally diverse groups. Originally from Germany, he has lived in the U.S. during his childhood and completed a master’s in Work & Organizational Psychology in the Netherlands. Currently, Simon studies at Peking University in China while working in HR for an international consultancy.

Schedule Jan 17th, 2022 – Feb 4th, 2022

  • Week 1W1 January 17th – January 23rd

    • 1.1

      Globalisation of people

    • 1.2

      Affinities and diversities

  • Week 2W2 January 24th – January 30th

    • 2.1

      Developing Cultural Intelligence (CQ): Improving self

    • 2.2

      Applying and leveraging CQ: Leading others

  • Week 3W3 January 31st – February 4th

    • 3.1

      Global citizenship challenges

    • 3.2

      Global mindset and competence: Becoming a Global Citizen

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