International HR Management

Brief description

  • • Models of international strategic HR Management
  • Best practice vs best fit approaches in HRM
  • Internationalisation strategies of MNCs and their impact on HR practices
  • Approaches to the transfer of HRM across boundaries
  • HRM practices in international context: globalisation vs localisation
  • Strategic Intercultural Management
  • Global Management Skills
  • Managing Cultural Differences in the Workplace
  • Cultural Models and Frameworks in comparison

Mode of delivery

face to face



Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

  • Perlmutter, H. V. (1969), The Tortuous Evolution of the Multinational Corporation, Columbia Journal of World Business (4), pp. 9-18.
  • Reiche S. & Minbaeva D. (2019), HRM in Multinational Companies. In Wilkinson A. et al. (2019), The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management (pp. 541 – 556). London: SAGE.
  • Edwards T. (2019), The Transfer of Employment Practices across Borders in Multinational Companies. In Reiche S. et al. (2019), International Human Resource Management (pp. 87 – 118), London: SAGE
  • Matveev, A. (2017), Intercultural Competence in Organizations. A Guide for Leaders, Educators and Team Players. Springer.
  • Rothlauf, J. (2014), A Global View on Intercultural Management. Challenges in a globalized world. De Gruyter.
  • Brinkmann U. & Van Weerdenburg O. (2014), Intercultural Readiness. Four competences for working across cultures. Palgrave Macmillan.

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

On successful completion of the class, students will be able to:

  • Describe and explain the theoretical foundation, concepts and practices of international HR Management (HRM) and the differences between the “best practice” and the “best fit” approach
  • Critically reflect the debate between globalisation and localisation in HRM
  • Describe the linkages between different internationalisation strategies of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) and HR practices and review different approaches to the transfer of HRM practices across boundaries
  • Describe the key concepts of culture, intercultural competence, global management
  • Describe how culture influences interactions and behaviour in management and in companies
  • Describe the basics of intercultural management
  • To recognise and find solutions to critical incidents in intercultural management.

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