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International Human Resources and Cultural Diversity

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
International Human Resources and Cultural Diversity
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
International Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: MAIM-133
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
P420-0280, P420-0282
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam (60 minutes / can be repeated semesterly) and flexible test performance (has to be announced in advance / can be repeated annually);
Weighting: 1:1

[updated 30.01.2020]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MAIM-133 (P420-0280, P420-0282) International Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 1, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 180 hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 135 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
MAIM-311 Seminar International Management
MAIM-322 International Management Workshop

[updated 30.01.2020]
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jensen
Prof. Dr. Petra Garnjost
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jensen

[updated 09.03.2020]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module the student should be able to …
• explain the content and purpose of international human resource management
• explain and reflect on compensation models, employee selection and employee deployment in a global environment
• explain the specifics of international human resources management in practice.
• name and evaluate cultural influences on human resources management.
• identify the tools used for personnel development and assess their application and potential.
• explain, reflect upon and apply the principles and fields of application of cultural diversity.
• analyse areas of tension in the multi-cultural work environment and develop solutions.
• evaluate a culturally influenced work environment and adjust the own behavior.
• form and justify an opinion about selected topics from the field of international human resource management.     
• successfully work within a work group towards a specific goal within a specific timeframe. This comprises literature research, the independent distribution of work packages within the group, their respective completion by the individual group members and the combination of these to form a group effort. This also includes solving possible conflicts within the group resp. escalating them to the lecturer.

[updated 17.12.2019]
Module content:
Background, purpose and organization of human resource strategies in multinational companies
• Compensation, planning and implementation of personnel deployment
• Human resources development in multinational companies
• Cultural behavioral patterns and their effect on international human resource work
• Intercultural cooperation in mixed teams
• Diversity management

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture, group work, case studies and structured discussions

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Recommended or required reading:
in the newest edition:
•Briscoe/Schuler, International Human Resource Management, London.
•Dowling/Festing/Engle, International Human Resource Management:  managing people in a multinational context, Andover.
•Mendenhall/Oddou, Readings and Cases in IHRM, Cincinnati.
•Deresky, International management: managing across borders and cultures
•Hall/Hall, Understanding cultural differences, Boston.
•Hofstede, Culture´s consequences, comparing values, behaviors, institutions, and organizations across nations, Thousand Oaks.
•Kutschker/Schmid, Internationales Management, De Gruyter.
•Lewis, When cultures collide, Nicholas Brealey International.
•Scholz/Böhm, Human Resource Management in Europe –Comparative analysis and
 contextual understanding, Routledge.
Current expert articles in English-language business magazines such as the Harvard Business Review

[updated 17.12.2019]
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