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2013/2014  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
Changes in course schedule may occur
Wednesday 10.45-13.20 week5-6,8,10-12 and
Friday 11.40-14.15 week 5-6,8,10-12
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
    Henrik Holt Larsen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Secretary Ane Lindgren Hassing - alh.ioa@cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization, International Business, markets and studies
  • Communication
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 14-10-2013
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.
Course prerequisites
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 sritten sit-in exam:
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and Spring Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Notes brought by the examinee
Make-up exam/re-exam
Another examination form
Home assignment for 4 days. Max 10 pages
Course content and structure

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 14-10-2013