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International Human Resource Management


Aims of the course

The objective of the course is to make students aware of the people-related challenges arising from the internationalization of business, and teach them HRM strategies, policies and practices, which multinational companies (MNCs) pursue to effectively address these issues.

Upon completion of the course the students will be able to:
1) understand human resource management systems and their main challenges in multinational companies and improve their performance accordingly,
2) efficiently implement specific IHRM activities in multinational companies,
3) make better strategic decisions about people in international settings and
4) design effective IHRM systems and practices for MNCs.
The course also facilitates cross-cultural sensitivity, systemic thinking, context screening, and ethical behavior in international setting.

Course syllabus

IHRM and International Operations

Basic IHRM concepts
Differences between IHRM and HRM
The organizational context of IHRM
Staffing international operations
Remote and hybrid work in MNCs

International Talent Management Cycle
Recruiting and selecting for international assignments
International training and development
Repatriation process and career issues

International Compensation and Performance Management
Components of an international compensation
Approaches to international compensation
Expatriate adjustment & performance
International assignee role conception & identification
Performance management

Strategic IHRM and Trends
Strategic view of IHRM
Global standardization vs. localization
Social capital and expatriate networks in MNCs
IHRM in cross-border alliances and SMEs
Ethical issues in IHRM
IHRM trends

Course director(s)

  • Office Hours
  • Monday at 14:00 in P-334
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