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2020/2021  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 Quarter
Start time of the course Fourth Quarter
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 - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Human resource management
  • Organisational behaviour
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 24-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Understand and differentiate key concepts and terms used in managing people in international contexts
  • Apply relevant theories and analysis of practical situations related to global people management
  • Understand the dynamics and issues and major global shift in HRM practices 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 2 weeks to prepare
Grading scale 7-point grading 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, structure and pedagogical approach

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, social psychology, and economics relevant for the core topics of the course.

Description of the teaching methods
Lectures and case-based sessions.
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.
Feedback during the teaching period
We try to offer feedback in response to your questions and work whenever feasible although please appreciate that there are often time constraints. We encourage you to ask questions or make comments in class and form self-study groups to secure peer feedback on your work.
Student groups 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) 60 hours
Last updated on 24-06-2020