Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of the course, students should understand how people management can contribute to value creation in multinational organizations.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 03.03.2021 - 09.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ingmar Björkman

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ingmar Björkman, Anna Hynynen

Contact information for the course (valid 31.01.2021-21.12.2112):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course exposes participants to the intersection between strategic management and people management in multinational organizations. People are considered a key source of global competitiveness of firms. Yet, the challenge of effective people management are considerable in multinational organizations operating across different geographical, cultural and institutional environments. The course is divided into three broad themes: (i) the link between firm strategy, organizational capabilities and people management; (ii) how to control, coordinate and transform international operations through structural mechanisms, social architecture (organizational culture and social capital), and people management processes; and (iii) key people (HR) management practices such as talent acquisition and management, performance management, leadership development, and mobility in a global context.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    100% Assignments and in-class contributions

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching: 33h Independent work: 127h Total 160h (6 ECTS)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Pucik, V., Evans, P., Björkman, I. & Morris, S. (2017). Global Challenge: International Human Resource Management. Chicago Business Press. Third edition.

    Cases and other material as presented in the syllabus.


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    No prerequisites. Basic knowledge in People (HR) Management and Strategic Management recommended.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality