Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.IBS.4151 International Comparative Management
(InternationalComparative Management)
Unterrichtssprache (teaching language): Deutsch
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Kabst, Rüdiger
Lehr- und Forschungseinheit (teaching unit): K.IBS.41511 International Comparative Management
Auskünfte (information): Krebs, Benjamin (
Credits/ ECTS: 10
Zeitmodus (semester): Sommersemester (summer semester)
Kurzbeschreibung (short description):
This course focuses on challenges and issues regarding international comparative management (ICM).

The lecture teaches:
- Cultural and institutional theories, cultural models and the concept of cultural distance
- Relationship between societal aspects (e.g., culture) and economic outcomes
- National business systems
- The role of institutions at the organizational level
- The changing business environment and consequences for corporations
- International corporate entrepreneurship
- International leadership
- International human resource management

The practical part consists of self-guided / self-selected case studies in which content of the lecture shall be illustrated with an examplary small, medium or large company. The case study is presented and summarized in a report.

NOTE: The language of the lecture as well as the presentation slides are in German. The exam, presentations, and project work can be done in German or English.
Lehrveranstaltungen - Teilmodule (courses - module elements):
lecture = 30h; self-study = 120h
exercise = 16h; presentation (6h contact, 8h preparation); self-study =120h
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):
Die Inhalte der folgenden Module werden für dieses Modul vorausgesetzt (the following modules are prerequisites):

Zur Zeit sind keine Voraussetzungen bekannt. (No conditions are known.)
Voraussetzungshinweise (prerequisite suggestions):
Kombinationshinweise - Überschneidungen (overlapping modules):
Die Kombination mit folgenden Modulen ist nicht zulässig. (it is not feasible to combine with these modules):

Zur Zeit sind keine Überschneidungen bekannt. (No overlaps are known.)
Prüfungsmodalitäten (assessments):
1. 40% ab: Abschlussbericht / final report
2. 50% ak: Abschlussklausur / final written exam
3. 10% pp: Präsentation / presentation
Erläuterungen / comments:

The project work involves developing a research question to be investigated by means of quantitative data analysis of secondary data. The assessment included a presentation of preliminary results and a final report. During the exercise, students will be assigned to groups (self-assignment is possible).
The final exam examines knowledge of the content of the lecture.
Lernziele (learning objectives):
(factual knowledge):
Knowledge about cultural and institutional theories, cross-cultural differences, complexity and different levels of cultural research, comparative institutional research, and diversity of human resources management practices among countries.
(methodic competence):
Competencies in comparing cultural and institutional environments, business systems, and the organizational behaviour of multinational enterprises. Knowledge on scientific methods in examining cross-country differences of organizational practices (Statisical methods and data management
(transfer competence):
Competencies in understanding, comparing, and explaining differences of organizational practices among countries, cultures, and institutions.
Normativbewertendes Wissen
(normative competence):
Students will gain general competencies helping them to appreciate and reflect the complexity of culture and institutions and their impact on organizational behaviour in a globalized arena.
Schlüsselqualifikationen (skills):
Understanding the link between culture and institutions (national and organizational level)
Insights into issues of international comparative management and cross-cultural research
Discussing management issues on an international comparative level
Methodische Umsetzung (methodic implementation):
Unterrichtssprache (teaching language):
Ablaufinformationen, Terminplan, etc. (practical implementation, schedule):
Bemerkungen (remarks):
Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
Exemplary chapters (pdfs will be provided) from

Koen, C.I. (2005): Comparative International Management, McGraw-Hill Education.
ISBN-13: 978-0-07-7103910.

Gooderham, P.N., Grogaard, B., & Nordhaug, O. (2013). International management. Theory and practice. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
ISBN 9781782546221

Luthans, F., & Doh, J. P. (2012). International management. Igarss 2014. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc. doi:10.1007/s13398-014-0173-7.2
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