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040836 VK EC GCM: Global Human Resources (VK) (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 4 - Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work

service email address: opim.bda@univie.ac.at


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The first session on 8.10.2020 is planned to be held on-site (HS1).

However, if you fall under one of the following categories:

- those who belong to the risk group or live in a household with a person from the risk group,
- those who are infected / suspect they are infected / are under quarantine,
- those for whom the entry into Austria is not possible due to the COVID-related reasons,

then make sure you attend the class virtually via u:stream function (link will be provided before the start of the session on Moodle).

If you participate in the on-site session, please remember that you should comply with the distance and hygiene rules, as well as the procedures for contact tracing.

For the general information regarding the organisation of studies in WS20/21 please refer to https://wiwi.univie.ac.at/en/service/studiesservicecenter/information-on-changes-due-to-coronavirus/studying-in-the-winterterm-202021/.

Thursday 08.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 29.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 1 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 Erdgeschoß
Thursday 12.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 15:00 - 18:15 Digital
Wednesday 27.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course deals with the issues of organisation of human resource management in multinational enterprises, operating in global environment. Here the HR function faces increased complexity across all its functions: recruitment and selection, training and development, performance and rewards management, retention, etc.
This complexity stems from the cultural and institutional differences observed among the countries, as well as from the other socio-economic factors.
This course takes a close look at the specifics of management of the global workforce thorough a combination of theoretical insight with the discussion of empirical data and the analysis of the business cases.
After completion of the course the students should be able to comprehend the main functions of HRM, the challenges faced by HR professionals in MNEs, and the ways in which HRM helps companies gain competitive advantage in the global environment.
The course also emphasises the importance of application of the theoretical knowledge in specific business situations and trains relevant skills though the analysis and discussion of the the examples set in the case studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course is delivered primarily through asynchronous means, combined with online lectures and online team-based presentations.
There are up to two on-site meetings planned, apart from the introductory class and an exam which are also planned to be held in class. This is subject to the further changes of the COVID-related situation and consequently the requirements imposed by the University of Vienna. In case of increasing risk of infections, the whole course will be held exclusively online.
If the attendance of the on-site sessions is not possible for the reasons related to the student's situation, this should be communicated to the instructor before the session.
Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in online discussions. Attendance is registered via an online tool and the participation is evaluated through the public chat function in the webinar tool. The participation is an important part of evaluation.
Students are strongly advised to read the assigned material from the reference books and articles, and to express opinions, comments, and insights relative to the discussion topic.
The overall level of students' knowledge is tested at an open-questions exam taking part at the end of the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course workload includes the following main parts:
- accomplishment of the individual and team-based assignments,
- attendance and participation in the in-class and online lectures,
- final exam.
The grading scheme:
• Participation-10%
• Assignments - 30%
• Case Study assignment - 30%
• Final Exam - 30%

Technical problems impeding the timely submission of assignments can be taken into account only if they are properly communicated to the instructor and if all effort is exerted on the side of the student to resolve the issues.
Further changes to the grading scheme might be applied during the semester.

Examination topics

All topics covered by the course.
A more detailed information regarding the requirements for individual assignment with be provided during the first session.

Reading list

- Sparrow, Paul, Chris Brewster, and Chul Chung. Globalizing Human
Resource Management: Second Edition. Taylor and Francis, 2016.
- Reiche, B. Sebastian, Stahl, Günter K. , Mendenhall, Mark E. and Oddou,Gary R. Readings and Cases in International Human Resource Management. Taylor and Francis, 2016.
- Tayeb, Monir H. International Human Resource Management : A Multinational Company Perspective. Oxford ; New York :Oxford UP, 2005.
- Tarique, Ibraiz, Dennis R. Briscoe, and Randall S. Schuler. International Human Resource Management : Policies and Practices for Multinational Enterprises. Fifth ed. New York London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Print.

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