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2017/2018  KAN-CPOLO1033U  Managing People in Multinational Corporations

English Title
Managing People in Multinational Corporations

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/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Morten Skov-Carlsen - SI
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalization and international business
  • Human resource management
  • Organization
Last updated on 22-06-2017

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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:
  • Identify key concepts and terms used in managing people in international contexts
  • Apply relevant theories analysis of practical situations and issues related to people management
  • Understand the dynamics and issues pertaining to managing a global workforce
  • Critically assess and reflect upon methods, theories, and conclusions in own and others’ work.
Managing People in Multinational Corporations:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
A new exam assignment must be answered. This applies to all students (failed, ill, or otherwise)
Course content and structure

Globalization has a particular strong impact on how multinational corporations (MNCs) manage their people across regions, countries, cultures, etc.

This course is aimed at helping students understand the key issues in the management of people in contemporary MNC contexts and providing them with theories, frameworks, and tools to help them recognize, understand, and manage human resources more effectively.

Among the core topics of the course are:

  • Strategic International Human Resource Management
  •  Performance Management and Talent Development in MNCs
  •  Managing people during major change / M&As
  •  Managing expatriation
  •  Dealing with cultural differences in global teamwork
  •  Diversity management in MNCs

During the lectures the students will be introduced to selected contemporary literature from a wide range of disciplines, including organizational behavior, HRM, strategy, psychology, and economics relevant for the core topics of the course.

The case sessions will be conducted using the “case method” in the Harvard Business School style, which involves high-energy discussion, debate, and interaction. Students will be encouraged to bring their own views into the discussion and to share insights and learning with fellow students.

Teaching methods
Lectures and case-based sessions.
Feedback during the teaching period
Student groups formed early - prepare and get feedback on presentation of cases and key themes.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 90 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 30 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 70 hours
Last updated on 22-06-2017