Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.2145 Comparative and International Employment Relations
(Comparative and International Employment Relations)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Martin Schneider
Ansprechpartner (contact):
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): WS
Studiensemester (study semester): 3-6
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.21451 / Comparative Employment Relations Vorlesung 20 Std (h) 55 Std (h) P
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):
Zur Zeit sind keine Voraussetzungen bekannt. (No conditions are known.)
Inhalte (short description):

​This course introduces students to the field of comparative and international employment relations. The goal is to discuss the most important issues that decision-makers in multinational enterprises (MNEs) must consider today when managing human resource management (HRM) in different national settings. In a first step, we will map the various cultural and institutional landscapes by reviewing varieties of capitalism and of culture across the globe and by looking at key differences between countries in terms of collective bargaining, labor standards, and labor market outcomes. Against that background, key topics of international HRM are covered: the transfer of HRM practices, composing an international staff, performance management, post-merger integration, and international pay. The module is rounded off with considerations of a transnational regulation of labor standards and of ethical HRM in a global context. The course is primarily based on textbook chapters with additional research papers and real-world cases.

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):

  • gain knowledge of institutional and cultural differences between countries and understand the main issues and methods in international HRM.
  • gather qualitative and quantitative information and transfer implications to different cross-country and cultural settings.
  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

  • analyze and solve problems of international HRM by evaluating the impact of public policies and personnel practices.
  • develop a deeper economic understanding in order to address HRM issues (international pay, expatriation, inpatriation) in multinational enterprises.
  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):
  • develop strategies of gathering knowledge.
  • independently prepare and review lecture materials.
  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

  • form teams and expand their knowledge by analyzing a research paper or case study.
  • prepare a group presentation in English and discuss issues in a cross-cultural team of students.
  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulabschlussprüfung
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Klausur 120 Min. 100.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der doppelten Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 2)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    B.Sc. Wirtschaftswissenschaften
    B.Sc. International Business Studies
    B.Sc. Wirtschaftsnformatik
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):
    Unterrichts- und Prüfungssprache: English

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