International Human Resource Management (ILV)

Specialization AreaInternational Human Resource Management
Course numberM4.05170.20.121
Course codeIntHRM
Semester of degree program Semester 2
Mode of delivery Presence- and Telecourse
ECTS credits6,0
Language of instruction English

Professional skills and expertise
This module provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary for working in a human resource management (HRM) function of an internationally operating company.
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • describe the importance of HRM in an international business context and the strategic contribution that HRM can make to realizing a business strategy
  • explain the main tasks and responsibilities of the HRM function in multinational companies
  • assess and develop staffing, expatriation/repatriation, performance management, compensation, talent management, and leadership development strategies in multinational companies
  • describe the competencies that leaders and high potentials need to be able to effectively perform in an international or global environment
  • identify the legal issues that need to be considered when employing people in different countries and the legal regulations that apply for resolving these issues
  • be critically aware of the impact of diversity on a multinational organization and of the issues associated with managing a diverse workforce
  • identify, develop and critically assess organizational policies and practices for managing workplace diversity in a transnational context
Personal skills (problem-solving/critical thinking, social and communication skills, self-competence)
In this module, students will acquire the following personal skills:
  • assess their own competencies related to performing well in a multinational organization
  • critically reflect on the advantages and challenges of working in a diverse team
Digital skills
In this module, students will acquire the following skills related to the use of digital technologies:
  • identify and apply digital technologies for supporting core tasks in international HRM (in particular, regarding international recruitment and international talent management)
  • explain how data analytics and artificial intelligence can be used to support the international HRM function

This module covers the following topics:
I. Strategic HRM
• The link between business strategy and HRM strategy
• Developing of an HRM strategy
• The strategic orientation of HR topics
II. Contemporary issues in HRM
• The role of the human resource management function in multinational companies
• Employer branding and International recruitment strategies
• International assignments, expatriation, and repatriation
• Performance management, compensations, and benefits in an international context
• Employment and HR practices across borders
• Well-being of the international workforce (health, safety, crisis management, support systems)
• Trends in international HR management
• Global HR reporting and HR controlling
• The use of digital technologies, data analytics, and artificial intelligence in international HR management
III. Global talent management
• International career paths
• Competencies management in an international context
• Talent development strategies in multinational companies
• Approaches und tools for identifying, assessing, and developing high potentials in multinational companies
• Leadership development in multinational companies
• Succession planning
IV. International labour law
• International labour and employment standards and regulations (including the role of the International Labour Organization and EU Labour Law)
• Legal issues to be considered when employing people in different countries
• Identifying country-specific employment regulations
• Employment contracts in an international context
V. Diversity management in multinational organizations
• Approaches and strategies for leveraging the potential of diverse workforces in transnational settings
• Specific practices and approaches to diversity management in multinational and global organizations

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Engle, A., Dowling, P., & Festing, M. (2017). International Human Resource Management. 7th ed. Andover: Cengage Learning EMEA.
Eubanks, B. (2018). Artificial Intelligence For HR: Use AI to Support and Develop a Successful Workforce. London: Kogan Page Publishers.
Kane, G. C., Palmer, D., Phillips, A. N., & Kiron, D. (2017). Winning the digital war for talent. MIT Sloan Management Review, 58(2), 17.
Mendenhall, M. E., Osland, J. S., Bird, A., Oddou, G. R., Stevens, M. J., Maznevski, M. L., & Stahl, G. K. (2017). Global Leadership: Research, Practice, and Development. 3rd ed. New York/London: Routledge.
Minocha, S. & Hristov, D. (2018). Global Talent Management: An Integrated Approach. London/Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Reiche, S., Harzing, A.-W., & Tenzer, H. (2018). International Human Resource Management. 5th ed. London/Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Servais, J.-M. (2017). International Labour Law. 5th ed. Alphen aan den Rijn: Wolters Kluwer.
Syed, J., & Ozbilgin, M. (2020). Managing Diversity and Inclusion: An International Perspective. 2nd ed. London/Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Lecture and discussion (in-class or online)
  • Self-study (blended learning)
  • Group work
  • Case studies

Integrated module exam (immanent examination character):

  • Final written exam (80%)
  • Class participation (20%)