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2017/2018  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 Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter, Third Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 100
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Sara Louise Muhr - Department of Organization (IOA)
Contact information: student hub
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Human resource management
  • Management
Last updated on 02-10-2017

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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 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.

Please note that the elective course is reserved for HA students who wish to write their bachelor project in this elective course.
Global People Management: Human Resource Management & Leadership:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Written sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration 4 hours
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Spring and Autumn
Aids Limited aids, see the list below:
The student is allowed to bring
  • USB key for uploading of notes, books and compendiums in a non-executable format (no applications, application fragments, IT tools etc.)
  • Any calculator
  • Books (including translation dictionaries), compendiums and notes in paper format
The student will have access to
  • Access to CBSLearn
  • Access to the personal drive (S-drive) on CBS´ network
At all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam : Read more about exam aids and IT application packages here
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 assignment consists of 4-5 questions concerning topics covered in the course. Each question contributes equally to the grade given for the assignment, i.e. if there re five questions each question contributes with 20%. All questions must be answered. 1-2 questions will require the active use of inividually chosen articles, but it is recommended to use this personal part of the syllabus throughout the assigment.


There are no formal limits as to the length of the assignment: Write as much as necessary, and as little as possible. Referencing is mandatory.

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. Identifying indiviually chosen journal articles and relating these to the lecturer chosen course literature is a central activity in terms of prepartion for class as well as for the discussion taking place in class.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is given via regular short assignments and Student to student-feedback.
Student workload
Deltagelse i undervisning: 36 hours
gruppesynopsis: 50 hours
Eksamensforberelde: 30 hours
Læsning af pensumlitteratur: 90 hours
Further Information

For this course it is not possible to substitute the exam with a term paper.

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. (2014): International Management Behaviour: Global and Sustainable Leadership. 7th edition. Chichester, UK: Wiley.
  • 5 individually chosen articles from peer reviewed international research-based journals per student and 5 lecturer chosen journal articles.
Last updated on 02-10-2017