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2012/2013  BA-HA_E165  Global People Management: Leadership and Human Resource Management

English Title
Global People Management: Leadership and Human Resource Management

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn, Spring, Third Quarter
Final schedule:
Wednesday11.40-14.25, week 5-12.
Monday 11.40-14.25, week 5,12.
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Course coordinator Morten Thanning Vendelø mtv.ioa@cbs.dk
    Henrik Holt Larsen - Department of Organization
Secretary Ane Lindgren Hassing - alh.ioa@cbs.dk
Main Category of the Course
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 06-01-2013
Learning objectives
After having attended this course the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of central theories, concepts and models of global leadership and human resource management.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge about intercultural leadership.
  • Appreciate the implications of the theories, concepts and models of the course for managers, HR professionals and employees of people management.
  • Demonstrate insight into the cooperation and interaction between managers and HR professionals in enhancing performance of international organizations.
  • Analyse and synthesise concrete problems within global people management by applying the concepts, theories, methods, and models of the course.
  • Apply the theories in a critical, reflective and analytical manner to real life challenges of organizations.
A basic knowledge of organization theory and/or organizational behaviour is advantageous but not a requirement, as is knowledge (theoretical and/or practical) of transnational contexts and processes.
4 hour open book exam
4 hour open book exam:
Type of test Written Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and Spring Term
Aids Open Book, Written and Electronic Aid is permitted
Duration 4 Hours
The exam is PC-based with no internet access. The student may need to bring his or her own printer; sharing of printers is not allowed. It is also possible to write in hand.

The make-up/re-exam will be held as a 4 day- home assignment. There is a strict maximum length of 10 pages (1 page is counted as 2,275 characters including spaces). The re-take will be based on information from the lectures and the books that you have used during the course.
Course content

The management and leadership of the global organization’s human resources is a key field in today’s business world, and are practised in many different ways. This course focuses on international/intercultural leadership and human resource management. An organization’s ability to mediate and integrate a multiplicity of environmental settings is essential for performance of global organizations.
The course will see global people management as exercised by HR managers and professionals through three lenses:

  1. A comparative perspective: How people management practices vary in societies depending on national, regional and sectoral differences (e.g. educational system, legislation, business structure etc.)
  2. A culturalist perspective: How work life behavior and preferences are influenced by national cultural differences of managers and employees.
  3. An global perspective: How people management is carried out in global organizations working dealing with crossing geographical and cultural boundaries; i.e. how to coordinate and draw benefit from transnational differences.

This course also provides an introduction to global human resource management and leadership as disciplines or academic fields of study and a realm of corporate or organizational practice. The course introduces a variety of theories, perspectives and approaches to the study and practice of global human resource management and leadership, as well as theories and perspectives on the causes and consequences of international/cultural differences and globalization. Human resource management and leadership issues such as recruitment, talent management, competence and skill development, and development and incentives and motivation are taken up from a global perspective.

Teaching methods
Topics are discussed and analysed using theory, cases and practical problems. The class will be a combination of lectures, student presentation, guest lecturers, group work and plenary discussions. Students are encouraged and required to actively participate in class and an active effort is made to leverage the diversity of the multicultural class room.
Expected literature
  • Chris Brewster, Paul Sparrow, Guy Vernon, Elizabeth Houldsworth: International Human Resource Management. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel, 3rd edition, 2011.
  • Lane, H.W.; Maznevski, M.L.; DiStefano, J.J. & Dietz, J. (2009): International Management Behaviour: Leading with a Global Mindset. 6th edition. Chichester, UK: Wiley.
  • 10 articles from peer reviewed international research-based journals chosen by the lecturers and students.
Last updated on 06-01-2013