International HR Management

• Models of international strategic HR Management • Intercultural Management • Internationalisation strategies of MNCs; HR practices and international organisational forms that derive from them • Concepts of the transnational transfer of HR practices • HRM practices in the international context: global integration vs. local adaptation • International HRM: specific roles and responsibilities and organisational forms of HRM • Selected topics of international HRM (expatriate management, diversity management, international staffing, knowledge management in MNCs)

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Crawshaw et al. (2020) Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives, Sage, 3rd edition. Reiche et al. (2019) International Human Resource Management, Sage, 5th edition. Stahl/Björkmann (2006) Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management, Edward Elgar, 1st edition. Tarique et al (2015) International Human Resource Management, Routledge, 1st edition.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, blended learning, discussion, online quizzes, group discussions, case studies

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment and final written exam

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules Strategic and Sustainable HR Management; HRM & (Digital) HR Practices I; HRM & (Digital) HR Practices IIa + IIb


Degree programme

Digital HR & angewandtes Arbeitsrecht



ECTS Credits


Language of instruction




Academic year



4 SS



Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, students can • name and explain the theoretical fundamentals, concepts and practices of international HR Management (HRM) • illustrate connections between different internationalisation strategies of multinational corporations (MNCs) and HRM and describe concepts of the transnational transfer of HRM practices • identify special challenges and action fields for unique HRM practices and develop solution approaches for the problems of international HR Management • analyse different organisational forms of HRM in the international context and compare the most important roles, responsibilities and competence requirements of HR professionals in international companies

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