2143 ExInt III: Elective - International Human Resource Management
Assoz.Prof Priv.Doz.Dr. Mihaela Dimitrova
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/22/21 to 09/29/21
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 10/06/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.5.15
Wednesday 10/13/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.5.15
Wednesday 10/20/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.5.15
Wednesday 10/27/21 01:30 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.15
Wednesday 11/03/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.13
Wednesday 11/10/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.5.15
Wednesday 11/17/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM TC.4.13
Wednesday 11/24/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online-Einheit
Wednesday 12/01/21 09:00 AM - 11:30 AM Online-Einheit

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 as transfer of HRM practices across borders, global staffing, global performance management and compensation, global human resource development, and the link between HR practices and business strategy, among others. A highlight of this course is the group project, which gives you the opportunity to collaborate closely with fellow students at the LUISS University in Rome, Italy.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

  1. Demonstrate an increased understanding of the central aspects of international human resource management.
  2. Be able to analyze how cultural, institutional, and organizational factors shape IHRM practices.
  3. Be able to critique IHRM practices in organizations and recommend viable improvements.
  4. Acquire skills and tools to develop successful IHRM programs and practices, such as global staffing, recruitment, compensation, performance management, subsidiary integration, and training and development, and understand the importance of linking these with the business strategy.
  5. Demonstrate improved research, presentation, discussion, and critical thinking skills.
Attendance requirements

This course is planned as a hybrid format with students rotating between attending in-person and virtually. That is, each session is held on campus, but only half of the students are present, the rest participate virtually in real time. As you are expected to attend the class in-person on a rotational basis, it is NOT possible to attend this course remotely. In the event that we can resume regular teaching activities, all sessions will be held on campus.

Regular attendance, both in-person and virtually, is a requirement to pass this course. Please note that any absences will negatively impact your participation grade. You will fail the course if you are absent for more than 20% of the total course time. Attendance of the first session (October 6th: 09:00-11:30) is mandatory. When participating virtually, your computer cameras must be switched on.

Teaching/learning method(s)

This course is comprised of lectures, case analyses, exercises, and a group presentation project (with LUISS University students). 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 at the beginning of the course.


Assessment will be based on both individual and team performance. Breakdown of assignments with percent of total grade:

  1. In-class/online participation 30%
  2. Two individual written case analyses  40% (20% each)
  3. Team research project: presentation (final grade partially depends on peer evaluations) 20%
  4. Team research project: written executive summary (final grade partially depends on peer evaluations) 10%

More information on assignments and required course readings will be provided on the course website at the start of the course.

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.

Grading key:

90-100% = 1

80-89% = 2

70-79% = 3

60 - 69% = 4

Below 60% = 5

Recommended previous knowledge and skills

Prior knowledge of human resource management and cross-cultural management is helpful but not necessary.

Availability of lecturer(s)

Mihaela Dimitrova, PhD

Department of Global Business and Trade

Office: D1 3.032

I am available for in-person meetings by appointment, e-mail address:


Unit details
Unit Date Contents
1 06.10.2021

09.00-11.30     In-person on campus/synchronous online session

2 13.10.2021

09.00-11.30    In-person on campus/synchronous online session

3 20.10.2021

09.00-11.30    In-person on campus/synchronous online session

4 27.10.2021

13.30-16.00     In-person on campus/synchronous online session

5 03.11.2021

09.00-11.30     In-person on campus/synchronous online session 

6 10.11.2021

09.00-11.30    In-person on campus/synchronous online session

7 17.11.2021

09.00-11.30    In-person on campus/synchronous online session

8 24.11.2021

09.00-11.30   In-person on campus/synchronous online session

  • Team project presentations (In case of a scheduling conflict with LUISS students, the presentations will be held as pre-recorded slide-shows and class participation will occur asynchronously. Information regarding this will be provided in the beginning of the course.)
9 01.12.2021

09.00-11.30    In-person on campus/synchronous online session

  •  Team project presentations (synchronous or pre-recorded presentations)
Last edited: 2021-07-26