2299 praxis@ivm: International Human Resource Management and IOB
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/01/23 to 10/12/23
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This course focuses on selected HR challenges which affect or influence the success of companies and organizations operating in an international environment. The goal is to identify and understand the most important issues that decision-makers operating in today’s business setting must consider when managing human resource management (HRM) in an international and - therefore - multi-cultural environment.

To reach this goal, we will first make sure that participants gain/have an overview of the major topics of the field (IHRM) and then selected issues will be tackled for deeper analyses.

Students will also gain practical experience and learn from each other in an international team and learning environment.

The following topics will be covered:

  • expatriation and international mobility
  • work-life management
  • intercultural negotiation
  • intercultural competence/intelligence
  • virtual mulit-cultural teams and trust building in international organizations
  • leadership in an international context
Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • gain an in-depth knowledge about relevant fields of Human Resource Management from an international and intercultural perspective
  • competently identify critical issues in looking at research on the international dimensions of Human Resource Management
  • be sensitive about cultural differences and appropriate intercultural behaviour in organizational contexts
  • gain practice in presenting and arguing about their ideas


Attendance requirements

Maximum of 2 hours of absence is allowed- In case of absence please write an e-mail specifying the point of time of arrival or earlier leaving.


Teaching/learning method(s)

The course is composed of

  • lectures led by academic staff members introducing basic areas of knowledge
  • visits and speeches of internationally working experts
  • group presentations dealing with specific topics
  • written summaries by students analysing a topic of interest in depth
  • group discussions
  • online activities
  • all class members are expected to participate
  • Participation: 30%
  • Written summaries: 35%
  • Presentation in teams: 35%

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Availability of lecturer(s)

Recommended Papers and book chapters:

Ward, C.: The A, B, Cs of Acculturation. In: Matsumoto (ed.): The Handbook of Culture and Psychology, New York, 2001.

Fischlmayr, I. C., Kollinger, I.: Work-life balance – a neglected issue among Austrian female expatriates. In: The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2010, Vol. 21, (4) (pp. 455-487).

Feitosa, J., Kreutzer, C., Kramperth, A., Kramer, W. S., Salas, E.: Expatriate adjustment: considerations for selection and training. In: Journal of Global Mobility, 2014, 2 (2) (pp.134-159)

Barmeyer, C., Mayer, C.- M:. Positive intercultural

management in the fourth industrial revolution: managing cultural otherness through a paradigm shift. In: International Review of Psychiatry, 2020, Vol. 32:7-8 (pp. 638-650).

Brett, J. M.: Culture and Negotiation. In: International Journal of Psychology, 2000, 35 (2) (pp. 97-104).

Distefano, J., Maznevski, M.: Creating Values with Diverse Teams in Global Management. In: Organizational Dynamics, 2000, Vol. 19 (1) (pp. 45-63).

Grosskopf, S., Barmeyer, C.: Learning from multi-paradigmatic sensitivity in cross-cultural management? Empirical and theoretical considerations. In: International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 2021, Vol. 21 (2) (pp. 181–202),

Last edited: 2023-09-07