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2022/2023  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 (also offered as elective)
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
  • Julia Bodner - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Human resource management
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 24-06-2022

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Learning objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:
  • an understanding of key concepts and terms used in managing people in international contexts
  • the ability to apply relevant theories and analysis of practical situations related to global people management
  • an awareness of dynamics, interdependences, and potential pitfalls in HRM practices pertaining to managing a global workforce
  • the ability to 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 7 days 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

This course is about how multinational corporations (MNCs) can motivate, enable, attract, and retain people to pursue their strategic organizational goals. It 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 topics of the course are:

  • Strategic International Human Resource Management
  • Structuring MNCs
  • Managing expatriation
  • Dealing with cultural differences
  • People Analytics
  • Incentives and performance management in MNCs
  • Managing people during organizational change and global expansion


During the lectures, the students will be introduced to selected contemporary literature from a wide range of disciplines, including strategy, human resource management, and organizational behavior, to better understand and predict how employees behave in the international context of a multinational firm. 

Description of the teaching methods
The class contains sessions on research and theoretical concepts and discussion sessions where students apply the concepts based on cases, guest lectures, and real-world examples from practitioners’ perspectives. Students are encouraged to bring their own views into the discussion, share insights, and learn with and from their fellow students. Required class preparation consists of reading cases and selected articles or podcasts before class. Students’ preparation for the case study sessions will be guided by a few (1-4) questions based on the reading or their own experience.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given as we discuss the cases and readings in class. In-class polls and multiple-choice questions will be used to prompt discussions, enable feedback during class, and reinforce learning from cases and key themes. Students are encouraged to ask questions or make comments in class and in groups to secure peer feedback on their work. Students can also prepare and get feedback on voluntary assignments. Finally, students can stop by to get feedback and ask questions during office hours.
Student workload
Preparation 90 hours
Lectures 30 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 40 hours
Last updated on 24-06-2022