(1) Outline an essentialist approach to understanding one of the following categories: group, culture, nation, identity, gender.
Critically compare this to a social constructionist (or non-essentialist, e.g. Nathan 2015) account of the same category.
Part (1) should be approximately ½ of the essay, including the Introduction.
(2) Next, discuss the practical consequences of using essentialist vs social constructionist (or non-essentialist) approaches to understanding international business and management?
To support your discussion, you may contrast the culture model of Hofstede, to the critical models of Venaik and Brewer (2016), or to Nathan (2015). [continue on next page…]
Alternatively, you may explain how the identity theory of intersectionality challenges essentialism, drawing upon various management and business studies about intersectionality in the Reading List, as well as video resources in the Lecture about intersectionality.
Part (2) should be approximately ½ of the essay, including the Conclusion.