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2017/2018  KAN-CCMIV1495U  Global Management Practices

English Title
Global Management Practices

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory offered as elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Min. participants 62
Max. participants 62
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Michael Mol;
    Marie Louise Mors - SI
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Management
Last updated on 23-10-2017

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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: At the end of the course, and to receive the highest grade 12, the students should be able to:
  • Identify key concepts, frameworks and theories behind global management practices discussed during the course;
  • Use relevant theories and frameworks to analyze challenges and problems associated with implementation of global management practices;
  • Understand the dynamics and issues pertaining to being a global manager;
  • Be able to apply the key concepts and frameworks from the course to real examples.
Course prerequisites
Prerequisites for registering for the exam
Number of mandatory activities: 2
Requirements about active class participation (assessed approved/not approved)
The best way to prepare for the exam is to attend all of the sessions, prepare the assigned readings before class, and to engage in class materials and discussions.
CEMS Global Management Practices:
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 Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 5 pages
Assignment type Synopsis
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 Spring and Spring, Synopsis due date: 23 March 2018
Oral exam: TBC
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The examination form is individual oral based on an individual 5-page (CBS Standard) synopsis. The exam will last 20 minutes and will cover all of the materials covered in class, as well as the readings and cases included in the syllabus.

Students will be graded according to fulfillment of the learning objectives 

The best way to prepare for the exam is to attend all of the sessions, prepare the assigned readings before class, and to engage in class materials and discussions. 

Course content and structure

Globalization has reshaped our world, and it will continue to do so. To cope with the dynamics brought by increased globalizations, organizations need a cadre of globally minded, culturally skilled executives, who know how to manage in this globalized world. This course provides you with practical skills and theoretical tools and frameworks to be an effective and responsible global manager in the dynamic and competitive global environment. Among the core topics of the course are:

  • Managing in a Globalized World
  • Global Talent Management
  • Global Knowledge Management
  • Management Innovation in Global Firms
  • Managing Global Networks
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Strategy Implementation in Global Firms


The course employs a mix of time-tested, current and forward-looking material to build a critical understanding of the principal global management issues in the 21st century. The aim is to help students develop a global strategy mind-set. The intellectual backbone of the course consists of the core textbook and in addition the course will build on a number of academic articles and practical cases.

The course has several elements. The instructors will engage with the students through lectures and case discussions. We will also have visitors from corporations and use video materials to illustrate the cases and practical applications. We will also have group presentations where the students will able to apply their learning from the course and bring those to the entire class. To get the most out of the course it is important the students are well prepared for class and engage actively in class discussions. 

The detailed lecture plan below includes the mandatory readings.  Articles are available in electronic form via the CBS Library. Make sure that you have access to all chapters, articles and cases well in advance so that you can come to class prepared and ready to engage.
Preparation questions are also included in the detailed lecture plan below. 

Session 1. Introduction. Managing in the New Globalized World
Textbook chapter 1: Globalization and international linkages & Chapter 2: The political, legal, and technological environment. 
“The social dimension of globalization: A review of the literature”, B.G. Gunter & R. van der Hoeven, International Labour Review, 2004

Case: Activist Investor New Flashes from Bloomberg posted on Learn.

Preparation questions:
1.    What do your think of Bob Evans Farms’ global strategy?
2.    Are there synergies between the different parts of the business?
3.    Are the investors, Sandell Asset Management Corp, right to call for a sell off of the food business?  What gives them the right to question management’s direction of the company?

SessIon 2. Managing Global CSR
Textbook chapter 3: “Ethics and social responsibility”
“Solidarity and subsidiarity: ’Organizing principles’ for corporate moral leadership in the new global economy”, J. Kelly, Journal of Business Ethics, 2004

Case: MAS Holdings: Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry, INSEAD, 2006. By Jonathan Storey and Noshua Watson. Case Reference no. 206-026-1. 

Preparation questions:
1.    What are the lessons to be learned from the MAS Corporate story in terms of: leadership; culture and vision; development and capabilities; and innovativeness in the interface with clients and customers?
2.    What are the threats and opportunities facing MAS on global markets?
3.    Evaluate MAS as a political player in Sri Lanka and on the global scene. 
4.    What do you consider the future holds for MAS? What actions do you recommend?


Teaching methods
Week Date Session Topics Faculty

5 30/1 1 Introduction. Managing in the New Globalized World Louise Mors
5 31/1 2 Managing Global CSR Louise Mors
6 6/2 3 The Role of Culture Louise Mors
6 7/2 4 Managing & Motivating Global Talent Louise Mors
8 20/2 5 Global Knowledge Management Louise Mors
8 22/2 6 Managing Global Networks Louise Mors
10 6/3 7 Management Innovation in Global Firms Michael Mol
10 8/3 8 Session on Implementation of Global Management Practices LM
11 13/3 9 Group presentations Louise Mors
11 15/3 10 Global Change Management. Conclusion Louise Mors
Feedback during the teaching period
In this course feedback is provided actively during case discussions in class. The exam format is an oral exam where the student gets feedback on both their written synopsis and the performance during the exam
Student workload
Teaching 20 hours
Expected literature

The course curriculum includes chapters from the course textbook, articles and cases.

Course textbook: Luthans, F. & Doh, J. P. 2014. International Management: Culture, Strategy, and Behavior. 9th Edition. McGraw Hill.


Last updated on 23-10-2017