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2015/2016  BA-BASPV1006U  International Human Resource Management

English Title
International Human Resource Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter, Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for Asian Study Programme
Course coordinator
  • Kirsten Andersen - Department of Organization (IOA)
Contact information: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt/​student-hub
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Management
  • Organization
Last updated on 27-04-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: In order to achieve the maximum grade the student should be able to:
  • Describe the different functions of IHRM and discuss the elements of employment relationship in an international context
  • List and describe central theories, concepts, and models of international human resource management
  • Link theoretical concepts of IHRM to practical situations and bring forward appropriate solutions and recommend methods of implementation
  • Analyse and describe specific cases of the cooperation and interaction between managers and HR professionals in enhancing performance of international organizations.
  • Analyse concrete problems within global people management and reflect on the consequences of applying chosen concepts, theories, methods, and models of the course
  • Find and select relevant literature to support argumentation supporting a solution to a given IHRM issue
Course prerequisites
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 1
Compulsory assignments (assessed approved/not approved)
The student will have to hand in a synopsis (1-2 pages) presenting the topic and problem formulation for the written report. The synopsis need to be handed in 6 weeks before the deadline for handing in the written report.
International Human Resource Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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 Group exam, max. 3 students in the group
Oral 20 min. individual examination based on a written report which can be written individually or in groups of up to 3 students. Only students having handed in the synopsis will be allowed to hand in the written report.
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
If the written report is written in a group each student's contribution to the report must be clearly specified. Max 8-10 pages per students. The written report can cover unfolding a practical or a theoretical problem. Electronic hand in via CBS E-learn.
Assignment type Project
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 Autumn and Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

In relation to the study programme’s qualification profile, the course forms an introduction to international human resource management(IHRM) and explicitly focuses on: - Imparting knowledge about the contemporary day importance of HRM and the corporate view of the function - Enhancing skills in collecting and analysing data within the human resource management area, assessing practical problems and setting up and justifying possible solutions - Qualifying students to handle internally and externally oriented situations concerning the employees in an international organisation and identify possible solutions and implementation processes.
The course contains the following areas of study: - The employment relation (incl. equality and diversity issues) - IHRM strategy and planning - Sourcing human resources for global markets (planning, recruiting, selecting) - International Training, Development & Careers - Maintaining high performance in an international context (e.g. rewards, benefits, safety and health issues) - Dismissal, redundancy and outplacement - The cultural and organizational context of IHRM, IHRM in Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, International Alliances and SMEs

Teaching methods
The subject will be taught in English. To enable the student to achieve the learning goals for the subject, the course is planned so that lectures present the students for knowledge concerning relevant theory supported by cases together with written and oral exercises.
Student workload
Face-to-face teaching 36 hours
Preparation 97 hours
Writing project report 72 hours
Examination 1 hours
Expected literature

Peter Dowling, Marion Festing, and Allen D. Engle, (2013),  International Human Resource Management, 6th Edition, Cengage
ISBN-10: 1408075741
ISBN-13: 9781408075746

+ additional literature chosen by the individual student as bibliography for the written report.

Last updated on 27-04-2015