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2023/2024  KAN-CCDCO1005U  Managing in Global Workplaces

English Title
Managing in Global Workplaces

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 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
  • Esben Karmark - 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 03-07-2023

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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 section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
A written assignment of max 5 pages. Instructions will follow on Canvas.

For students who due to documented illness cannot participate in the compulsory assignment, a retake will be planned. Instructions will follow on Canvas.
Managing in Global Workplaces:
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
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
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
Description of the exam procedure

The exam assigment is a literature review of the readings provided in the course (as literature for each class as well as additional literature provided to "broaden your horizon"). Students will have the entire course period to complete the review. 

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 receive feedback on their compulsory case assignments in class.

During case and class discussions they receive immediate feedback in class on their inputs.

They are also welcome to approach the instructor for additional feedback on their performance. There is no need to book time in advance for this, students can just email the instructor to schedule.
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 03-07-2023