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2013/2014  KAN-2MAP  Managing People in Multinational Corporations

English Title
Managing People in Multinational Corporations

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Dana Minbaeva - Department of Strategic Management and Globalization (SMG)
Main academic disciplines
  • Management
  • Organization
  • Corporate and Business Strategy
Last updated on 10-06-2013
Learning objectives
  • Identify key concepts and terms used in managing people in international contexts
  • Apply relevant theories analysis of practical situations and issues related to people management
  • Understand the dynamics and issues pertaining to managing a global workforce
  • Critically assess and reflect upon methods, theories, and conclusions in own and others’ work.
Oral and written:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
The examination is an individual oral exam based on group assignment of max. 10 standard pages (overall assessment). Group size 3-5 students. The assignment will be handed out at the last lecture. The oral exam will cover all of the readings and cases included in the syllabus.
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
Re-take is 48-h individual home assignment.
Course content and structure
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

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.
Teaching methods
Lectures and case-based sessions.
Last updated on 10-06-2013