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JO023032 JOS3/KVS17 International Human Resource Management 6 ECTS
Organised by
Management and Organisation
Person in charge
Maarit Laiho
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X
2015–2016 X

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:
-explain the distinctive nature of the management of human resources in multinational companies
-discuss the complexities of managing human resources in international business organisations
-define and illustrate the key components of international human resource management (IHRM)
-explain the role national differences make in the practice of IHRM
-describe how effective IHRM policies and practices lead to international business success
-compare and contrast different approaches to IHRM policies and practices.


This course introduces the key concepts of IHRM. During the course students learn the policies and practices of IHRM as utilised by today's multinational enterprises (MNE). Various areas of IHRM are examined, such as the localised versus centralised model, development of global leaders and management of expatriates. The course enhances knowledge and awareness of the importance of national differences in the conduct of IHRM in MNEs and the use of that knowledge and awareness in the planning and development of IHRM policies and practices. In addition, the course also concentrates on evaluating HRM critically in terms of its underlying values as well as the ways it acts as a system of power in international business.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4th or 5th year

Study materials

1. Dowling, P. J., Festing, M., & Engle, A. D. (2008). International Human Resource Management (5th ed.). Cincinnati: Cengage Learning Services. (ISBN-13: 978-1844805426)

2. Evans, P., Pucik, V., & Björkman, J. (2010). The global challenge: International human resource management (2nd ed.). Boston: Mc-Graw Hill. (ISBN-13: 978-0073530376)

3. Briscoe, D. R., Schuler, R., & Claus, L. (2009). International Human Resource Management (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. (ISBN-13: 978-0415773515)

4. Harzing, A.-W. K., & Pinnington, A. (2011). International Human Resource Management (3rd ed.). London: Sage. (ISBN-13: 978-1847872937)

5. Stahl., G.K., & Björkman, I. (2006, eds.). Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management. Cheltenham: Edgar Elgar. (ISBN-13: 978-1847202581)

6. Articles and other material provided by the lecturer.

Further information

The course is equivalent to the previous course JO023031 JOS3/KVS17 Kansainvälinen voimavarojen johtaminen.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Minor: Management and Organization (MDP in Global IT Management)
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Valinnaiset opinnot (Management and Organisation)
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Department of Marketing and International Business
Department of Marketing and International Business
Valinnaiset opinnot (International Business)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Management and Entrepreneurship
Management and Organisation
Information Systems Science