Business and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa examines the position of sub-Saharan Africa within the global economy and how it is leapfrogging development in certain areas. This course covers sub-Saharan Africa’s history, civic culture, and public, private, and for-profit sectors providing learners with the unique and complex components of the region’s past, present, and potential on the world economic stage. Through the lens of various stakeholders—those internal and external to business enterprises and those who engage in market-based and non-market-based transactions to influence business—learners acquire a practical literacy which prepares them to engage in business within and among African employers, employees, and business partners. Learners gain an understanding of the specific drivers of economic growth and opportunity that exist across Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on Nigeria, Ghana, Angola and Ethiopia.
Business and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa Course Overview
Describe the business environment within Sub-Saharan Africa including its traditions, systems, and society.
Identify the micro and macro forces shaping international business between Sub-Saharan Africa and other regions, both in supporting and resisting globalization.
Explain how businesses operate in Sub-Saharan Africa from a “stakeholder” perspective of market, non-market, internal, and external perspectives.
Analyze current conditions in Sub-Saharan Africa for their influence on present and future business opportunities and risks for international business activities.
Apply in-depth cultural knowledge to navigate complex business challenges across national borders.
Create a business case for an international business or a venture through partnerships originating in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Business and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa Course Skills
Intercultural SkillsEmpathyCommunication Skills
How will I learn?
Your course starts on the first of the month. The course consists of 6 modules, and is designed to take you eight weeks to complete. Nexford’s learning design team has purposefully created courses to equip you with competencies mapped to the skills employers are looking for. Each course has 5-7 learning outcomes based on the skills employers need. Everything you learn gives you measurable skills you will use to succeed in today’s world of work.
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You'll have 24/7 access to success advisors to support you. Faculty also provide you world-class support. Book appointments with them, get individual feedback, and attend regular optional webinars.Nexford courses are rigorous and they encourage critical thinking - because we care about what you know how to do not what you know you have regular hands-on assessments reflecting the business world.
1: Overview of Sub-Saharan peoples and cultural practices - history, geographical, people, languages, traditions, values and norms
2: Globalization and business in Sub-Saharan Africa
3: Informal and formal business sectors - understanding the divide and relevance to economies of Sub-Saharan Africa
4: Economic activities and investment opportunities
5: Hofstede cultural framework - business implications
6: Business case for Sub-Saharan business
7: Final Project
How will I be graded?
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What will I get after completing the course?
You'll get real skills you can use at work, straight away.
Once you've taken one course, you can take more. Using stacked credentials, you’re able to take enough courses to make a certificate, and take enough certificates to build a degree.
If you apply for a Nexford certificate or degree, you'll get credit for each course you take.
What support will I receive?
When you have a dedicated team on your side, you'll never be alone studying at Nexford.
Hailing from many different countries and with online education expertise, our faculty provides you world-class support.
Ask them questions during one-to-one office hours or live chat, email them any time, and get individual feedback on your assessments.
While you’re learning, you’ll also have full access to the Nexford online library, which includes access to millions of full-text articles, industry reports and key sources such as the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and The Economist.
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