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: 01.03.2022 - 07.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ingmar Björkman

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    100% Assignments and in-class contributions

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    5 Gender Equality


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) MIB / JOO students / Open University students, 2) BIZ exchange students / CEMS, 3) Other School of Business students, 4) Other Aalto students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV

    2021-2022 Spring IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.