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2010/2011  KAN-2MPM  Managing People in Multinational Corporations

English Title
Managing People in Multinational Corporations

Course Information

Language English
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Course Period Third Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc in International Business
Course Coordinator
  • Dana Minbaeva - Center for Strategic Management and Globalization
Main Category of the Course
  • Management

Taught under Open University-Taught under open university.
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Individual home case-based assignment
Exam Period May/June
The examination is an individually written home assignment consisting, at least in part, of a case
analysis. Students will be graded on the soundness of their analyses and persuasiveness of their
arguments especially how they apply the frameworks we have derived during class discussion.
Because there are no “right” answers in a case analysis, students can do well by taking and
defending, as well as challenging, a wide variety of positions.
The best way to prepare for the exam is to attend all of the sessions, to read all assigned cases before class, and to discuss and analyze the cases and your understanding of them both in your
study groups and in class. Under no circumstances do we recommend leaving all of the reading until the end of the semester.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

Globalization has a particular strong impact on how multinational corporations (MNCs) manage
their people across regions, countries, cultures, etc. This course is aimed at helping students
understand the key issues in the management of people in contemporary MNC contexts and
providing them with theories, frameworks, and tools to help them recognize, understand, and
manage human resources more effectively. Among the core topics of the course are:
Strategic International Human Resource Management

  • Managing expatriation
  • Managing multicultural teamwork
  • Dealing with cultural differences
  • Diversity management in MNCs
  • Motivation management

The course consists of lectures and case-based sessions. During the lectures the students will be
introduced to selected contemporary literature from a wide range of disciplines, including
organizational behavior, HRM, strategy, psychology, and economics relevant for the core topics of
the course. The case sessions will be conducted using the “case method” in the Harvard Business
School style, which involves high-energy discussion, debate, and interaction. Students will be
encouraged to bring their own views into the discussion and to share insights and learning with
fellow students.