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2020/2021  KAN-CCDCO1005U  Managing in Global Workplaces

English Title
Managing in Global Workplaces

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Annette Risberg - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Human resource management
  • Management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 16-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Describe different management approaches and perspectives on managing global workplaces.
  • Relate these approaches and perspectives to common issues of managing global workplaces
  • Analyze and discuss the impact of global workplaces on organizations, management and employees
  • Apply the relevance of various theories of sciences perspectives and analytical methods for studying the managing of global workplaces.
Course prerequisites
Relevant bachelor's degree – in business and management or equivalent.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see s. 13 of the Programme Regulations): 2
Compulsory home assignments
1) A student presentation.
2) A written group assignment.

Please note, to attend the exam it is a precondition that the student has made an attempt in all mandatory activities unless it can be documented that lack of submission/participation was caused by illness or similar circumstances.

In case the student fails one or both mandatory activities, he/she will be offered an extra home assignment that is to be handed in before the exam.
Managing in Global Workplaces:
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 oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 3-5
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
If granted an exemption to write individually, students have to submit a written product of max. 5 pages.
Assignment type Case based assignment
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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
1) if a student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has been part of handing in the report s/he does not have to submitt a new project report, but MUST hand in the same project report AGAIN for the re-exam.
2) if an individual student fails the oral exam she/he does not have to submitt a new project report, but MUST hand in the same project report AGAIN for the re-exam.
3) if a whole group fails they must hand in a revised report for the re-take.
4) If the student has not handed in anything for the ordinary exam, s/he must hand in a project report for the re-exam.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

This course explores the challenges of global workplaces from managers' and employees' point of view. It brings up questions regarding what happens to the workplaces when organizations span geographical, linguistic, and cultural borders. The course focuses on management, human resource management, mobility, culture, identity and language aspects of the globalization. Whereas the main perspective will be managerial, employees' perspectives will also be introduced.

Readings and lectures will present various theoretical perspectives on globalization and the workplace and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these when applied to today’s organizations.

Description of the teaching methods
The course is designed to integrate analytical and practical aspects of global workplaces. The course will include lectures, active participation of students through case analysis, group and plenary discussions.
Feedback during the teaching period
The students will receive oral feedback on their compulsory presentations in class.
During case and class discussions they receive immediate feedback in class on their inputs.
The students will receive written feedback on the compulsory group assignment and oral feedback on the oral exam.
They are also welcome to the teachers' office hours for additional feedback on their performance. There is no need to book time in advance for this, students can just show up during office-hours.
Student workload
Lectures 30 hours
Exam 40 hours
Preparation 136 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

Methods book:

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R., Jackson, P.R., and Jaspersen, L.J. (2018). Management and Business Research (6th edition). London: Sage Publications.



Indicative literature:

Romani, L., Mahadevan, J. & Primecz, H. 2018. Critical Cross-Cultural Management: Outline and Emerging Contributions. International Studies of Management & Organization, 48(4): 403-418. https:/​/​doi.org/​10.1080/​00208825.2018.1504473:

Harzing, A.-W., Köster, K. and Magner, U. 2011. Babel in business: the language barrier and its solutions in the HQ-subsidiary relationship. Journal of World Business, 46(3): 279-287. http:/​/​esc-web.lib.cbs.dk/​login?url=http:/​/​search.ebscohost.com/​login.aspx?direct=true&db=bth&AN=61177980&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Westwood, Robert, and Jack, Gavin. International and Cross-cultural Management Studies: A Postcolonial Reading. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Lane, H.W. & Maznevski, M.L. 2019. The new global context. In Lane, H.W. & Maznevski, M.L. International Management Behavior. Global and Sustainable Leadership. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (pp. 7-25).

Last updated on 16-06-2020