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IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
MSc in International Business1S1S2English
Professeur(s) responsable(s)A.GIANGRECO
Intervenant(s)Antonio Giangreco Barbara Slavich Jacob Vakkayil

    Ce cours apparaît dans les formations suivantes :
  • IÉSEG > MIB > MIB > 4,00 ECTS

Pré requis


Objectifs du cours

At the end of the course, the student should be able to :
- Acquire the logics, methodologies, and techniques for managing human resources in international contexts (AACSB);
- Understand the common objectives and complementary functions in the use of HRM tools in organisations operating in an international context;
- Properly use the main methodologies related to every HR operational system and the implications deriving from worlwide operations in the management of HR;
- Comprehend the added value of managing properly HR diversity;
- Take decisions and provide solutions related to HR issues in accordance with deontological rules for a sustainable development of HR.

Contenu du cours

This course aims to transfer the main logics and methodologies of the principal HRM tools in an international context: Planning, recruitment and selection, training, appraisal systems, and compensation. The organisational development policies and practices are explained and discussed crosswise in relation to the development of each HRM tool. For all sessions, critical issues and problems related to the practical applications in the international context of the HR operational systems are identified and examined in order to enhance a pragmatic and ethical approach towards a sustainable development of HR.

Introduction. The meaning of human resources management, the areas of action, the complexities of HRM, the role of the HR functions, the required competencies. The HR policies. The complexity coming from an international context. Different approaches: HCN, PCN, TCN. Staffing international operations to sustain global growth. Planning the workforce between needs and constraints. The need of coherence with the planning of other resources. Internal and external factors. Dealing with diversity.

Recruiting and selecting staff for international assignments. The objectives of recruitment and selection. The markets: Internal, external and instantaneous. Job analysis and person specification. Tools for selection. The evaluation of the recruiting and selection process. Main issues when selecting in an international arena. Selecting people ethically and in the respect of diversity.
International Training the workforce. Types of training: Knowledge, practical and refreshing. Training and development. The phases of training.

Evaluating the international workforce. The ‘3P’ model: position, performance and person. The use of performance appraisal. Measuring performance: what, who and how? Measurement tools. The importance of the object Vs the magnitude of the process. Biases and stereotypes in assessing people.
Evaluation and development. International compensation. The retribution structure. Job versus individual pay. The compensation tools. Type of pay-for-performance plans. The benefit package. Compensation and development. International trends in HRM: Complexities, challenges and choices of the future. Gender discrimination in pay.

International career and policy management. Internationalisation of careers. Managing expatriates. Gender discrimination. Harmonisation of policies in international contexts. Return of expatriates. Dual career issues.

Presentation of guests and/or company visit.

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

TypeNombre d'heuresRemarques
Face to face
Interactive class32,00  
Independent study
Estimated personal workload4,00  
Group Project24,00  
Independent work
Reference manual 's readings30,00  
Charge de travail globale de l'étudiant100,00  

Méthodes pédagogiques

  • Presentation
  • E-learning
  • Research
  • Visits/fields trips
  • Project work
  • Interactive class
  • Case study


Each session is organised mixing theoretical contents with practical applications (e.g., case study, exercises, etc.). Students are encouraged to lead personal and team analysis and to develop critical thinking of the use of human resources operational systems in companies operating in international contexts. Special attention is given to ethical and CSR issues in the management of HR.
Assessment based on individual and team exercises, case studies and final examination.

Type de ContrôleDuréeNombrePondération
Group Project3,00220,00
Final Exam
Written exam4,00165,00
Continuous assessment
TOTAL     100,00


  • Dowling, Festing & Engle (2012). International Human Resources Management. Thomson, 5th edition. -

  • Collection of articles selected by the professors and available on IESEG Online -

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