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2015/2016  KAN-CCBLO2002U  Leading and Managing in Latin America

English Title
Leading and Managing in Latin America

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Jacobo Ramirez - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Human resource management
  • Management
  • Organisational behaviour
Last updated on 11-08-2015
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Explain and discuss the role of RBV and Institutional theory and research on HRM & OB policies and practices in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
  • Apply HRM & OB theoretical frameworks and concepts to case studies of local and foreign firms in LAC, in order to discuss lessons from successful vs. failed HRM & OB practices.
  • Discuss different methodological strategies to conduct research on HRM & OB in LAC.
Course prerequisites
Students are required to have a basic knowledge and understanding of management principles and institutional theory, in order to participate effectively in this course.
Leading and Managing in Latin America:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Assignment type Case based assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
  • Written sit-in-exam on CBS' computers
  • Access to personal drive (S-drive) on CBS' network
  • Access to all information on CBSLearn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Description of the exam procedure

The exam will be a four hour open book written exam. The students will be requested to analyse, discuss and provide solutions to a case, based on the course’s literature.

Course content and structure

Many organisations today manage strategic human resources that are scarce, valuable, inimitable and non-tradable in countries plagued by uncertainties and ambiguities due to among others political instability, social unrest and cultural differences. Such situations are challenging for foreign managers to understand and navigate in. This course uses insights from the resource-based-view of the firm (RBV) and institutional theory to bridge strategic management theory and strategic human resource management (HRM) in order to discuss and analyse the above mentioned opportunities and challenges that local and international firms encounter in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). For example, we will analyse and discuss the management policies and practices emerging in firms operating in security risk contexts in LAC, which are characterised e.g. by narco-terrorism. The course adopts a general management perspective towards the field of HRM. In other words, rather than assuming that the student wants to become an HR professional, we will examine HRM and leading policies and practices from the perspective of a manager who wishes to effectively interact with, and utilise, the human resources at his/her disposal. The theoretical areas covered by the course are, therefore: RBV, Institutional theory, HR strategy, Comparative HR policies and practices, and Organisational Behaviour (OB – in terms of Groups, Teams, Leadership and Power).  


Teaching methods
This course aims to develop the students’ skills through individual and collaborative activities, which are designed to promote students’ participation in sharing their opinions, experiences, views, thoughts and knowledge. The case study approach/method is the principal learning strategy for the teaching-learning process.

Through the case study method, the students will practice and apply theory and knowledge to real-world problems. The students, collaboratively (in teams), will identify and clarify the problems presented, analyse the information found on each case, formulate and evaluate options, present and defend their recommendations. The case study method involves the development of critical thinking, information analysis, and problem-solving skills. One of the principal objectives of this learning strategy is that the students assume a key role in the learning process.
Last updated on 11-08-2015