4762 International Human Resource Management
Assoz.Prof Priv.Doz.Dr. Mihaela Dimitrova
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/21/19 to 02/28/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Monday 03/04/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 03/11/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 03/18/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 03/25/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 04/01/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 04/08/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 04/29/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 05/06/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12
Monday 05/13/19 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM TC.3.12

As more and more organizations continue to expand globally, the need to successfully manage a dispersed workforce across cultural and institutional boundaries has become vital. Thus, international human resource management (IHRM) plays an important strategic role by ensuring the smooth integration across international subsidiaries and by preparing employees to handle the challenges associated with working in the global context. This course is designed to provide you with a better understanding of the various IHRM practices. We will cover topics such global staffing, expatriation, global performance management and compensation, and global human resource development.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

  1. Demonstrate an increased understanding of the major aspects of international human resource management.

  2. Be able to analyze how cultural,institutional, and organizational factors shape IHRM practices.

  3. Acquire skills and tools to develop successful IHRM programs and practices in regard to global staffing,recruitment, compensation, performance management, expatriation, repatriation,and training and development.

  4. Develop improved research, critical thinking, teamwork, and presentation skills.

Attendance requirements

Regular attendance is a requirement to pass this course, you cannot be absent for more than 20% of the total course time.

Teaching/learning method(s)

This course is comprised of lectures, case analyses, exercises, a group written report and presentation,and a final in-class examination. This is a highly interactive course. Thus, students are expected to be fully engaged and participate in class discussions. The course is designed in such a way as to maximize your learning by balancing between lecture and your involvement in discussions, cases,and exercises. All course documents, assignments, lecture notes, etc.will be posted on the course website on Learn@WU.


Assessment will be based on both individual and team performance. Please note that successful in-class participation involves not only regularly attending class but also frequently contributing to the discussion by answering questions, participating in class exercises, engaging in a thoughtful analysis of the discussed cases, building on other students’ ideas, and synthesizing across readings and discussions. You are expected to have read in advance all the required reading materials and cases and be prepared to discuss them in class.

Written final exam (in-class, multiple choice and essay questions): 20% of total grade

One individual written case analysis *: 20% of total grade

Team written report * (final grade partially depends on peer evaluations): 20% of total grade

Team in-class presentation * (final grade partially depends on peer evaluations): 20% of total grade

In-class participation: 20% of total grade

* More information on these assignments will be provided on the course website.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

Completed course 1 (Foundations) and course 2 (Applications).

1 Author: Thomas, D.C., & Lazarova, M.B

Essentials of international human resource management: Managing people globally

Publisher: Sage
Remarks: The textbook is integral to the course. You will not succeed in this course, without reading the assigned textbook material. The textbook is available online through the WU library.
Year: 2014
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Recommendation: Essential reading for all students
Type: Book
Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Please read Chapter 1 from the textbook before the first day of class.

Availability of lecturer(s)

I am available for in-person meetings by appointment. You can reach me at

Last edited: 2018-11-05