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, student is able to (i) foster collaboration in global leadership, (ii) understand the challenges of leading multicultural and diverse teams and, (iii) lead with agility in a global setting. In terms of skill development, students will practice receiving and giving feedback, reflexive writing, critical thinking and team work.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 01.03.2021 - 07.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Rebecca Piekkari

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Rebecca Piekkari, Riku Reunamäki

Contact information for the course (valid 05.02.2021-21.12.2112):

Rebecca Piekkari, e-mail:
Office: Y-205, Department of Management Studies, School of Business
Office hours: Meeting upon request

Riku Reunamäki, e-mail:

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 examines issues and challenges related to people management in multinational organizations. People are considered as one of the most, if not the most important resource for global competitiveness of firms. Yet, the challenge of effective people management remains considerable in multinational organizations operating across very different geographical, cultural and institutional environments. During the course, students will explore processes of global people management practices in theory and in real-life situations. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is compulsory for and exclusive to CEMS students.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assignments 100%

  • Applies in this implementation:

    1. Reflections on readings (5 x 4 p.), 20%
    2. Case solution to PLT consulting, 20%
    3. Real-life case study, 30%
    4. Individual reflection on the real-life case study, 10%
    5. Active participation, 20%

    Grading scale 0–5 will be used for the final course grade as follows: 0–49 points = 0 (fail), 50–59 points = 1, 60–69 points = 2, 70–79 points = 3, 80–89 points = 4, 90–100 points = 5

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    6 credits, 160 hours

    Contact hours: 30 h

    Independent work: 130 h

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Classroom hours: 10 x 3 = 30 hours
    Class preparation: 10 x 3 = 30 hours
    Assignments: 100 hours
    TOTAL: 160 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Set of cases/readings provided by the lecturer.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    You are expected to find all readings yourself based on the links and/or references provided in the syllabus. These readings are publicly available, and you can find them by searching (in Google Scholar) with the article name or via our university library webpages ( Unfortunately, university policy mandates that we cannot upload journal articles to MyCourses.We apologize for this inconvenience.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Must be enrolled in the Global Management/CEMS or CEMS MIM programme.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The detailed schedule is available on the course front page in MyCourses.