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2014/2015  BA-BHAAV6021U  Global People Management: Human Resource Management & Leadership

English Title
Global People Management: Human Resource Management & Leadership

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring, Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
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 12-01-2015
Learning objectives
In order to obtain the grade 12, the student must:
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of central theories, concepts and models of global leadership and human resource management.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge about intercultural people management and 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.
  • Analyze and synthesize concret problems within global people management by applying the concepts, theories, methods, and models of the course.
  • Apply presented theories in a critical, reflective and analytical manner to real life challenges of organizations.
  • Engage in evidence-based analysis based on theoretical and practical using documentation from the course literature as well as from individually chosen articles
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.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 2
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
1) Handing in a list of 10 individually chosen articles as part of personal syllabus

2) Participating in presentation of 2 group assignments in class
4 hour written sit-in exam:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Please note that the exam is open book but without internet access in the exam situation. The exam will take place in CBS computer rooms.
There are no formal limits as to the length of the assignment: Write as much as necessary, and as little as possible.
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below and the exam plan/guidelines for further information:
  • Books and compendia brought by the examinee
  • 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, ethics, diversity, team work and performance management 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 assignments and presentation in plenary, 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 individually chosen articles from peer reviewed international research-based journals per student.
Last updated on 12-01-2015