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2011/2012  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 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
Course Coordinator
  • Dana Minbaeva - Center for Strategic Management and Globalization
Main Category of the Course
  • Organization
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
  • Identify key concepts and terms used in managing people in international contexts
  • Use relevant theories to analyze 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.
Managing People in Multinational Corporations:
Assessment Oral with Written Assignment
Marking Scale 7-step scale
Censorship Internal examiners
Exam Period Summer Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
Individual oral exam based on a group synopsis (max 10 pages). The grade is given by teacher and internal examiner based on the oral and the written performance and graded according to the 7 point scale.
Re-exam regulations re the same as for the ordinary 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
Teaching Methods
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.