Managing the Global Workforce

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This course provides students the skills necessary to manage the global workforce effectively. Students will learn how to conduct human resources in global organizations.  The course will examine the international dimensions of human resources management, global business strategies and contexts for managing the global workforce.   A variety of global workforce topics will be discussed including global competencies, cultural concerns, selection, training and development as well as managing attitudes and behaviors globally.  The course will also explore the future of global workforce planning and talent management by identifying alignment with strategic goals, future technology, and contextual issues affecting companies.



  • Evaluating globalization principles, global human resources management and global strategic human resources management elements.
  • Analyzing factors that influence global multiculturalism and geographical dispersion.
  • Researching the natural culture influences, attitudes and behaviors in joint ventures, acquisitions, collaborative alliances, subsidiaries and multinational structures and the effects on the global workforce.
  • Differentiating cross-border differences in labor economics, labor supply, employment regulations, employee representation, and long term graphic trends. 
  • Illustrating Hofstede’s cultural differences, cultural agility, cultural adaptations, and cultural integration.
  • Distinguishing the four types of staffing strategies, the differences in staffing across countries, and issues associated with implementing global staffing and talent management.
  • Debating the global competencies for the workforce, strategic and global challenges in employee training and identifying global training and development trends.
  • Developing and designing an effective global mobility program highlighting global assignments, adjustment to foreign cultures, work role factors, expatriation-repatriation cycle and support practices.
  • Managing the challenges, issues and decisions for managing the global workforce.
  • Comparing and contrasting the elements of a national labor relations systems, the relationship between MNE’s (multi-national enterprises) and organized labor around the world.
  • Summarizing different institutional environments related to different forms of corporate social responsibility. 
  • Comparing the various guidelines for ethical decision making and discussing the elements of corporate code of conduct globally.
  • Anticipating the emerging issues in global organizations and changes in global business environments.
  • Examining the human resources activities in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. 
  • Developing and recommending a selection method and training strategy for a particular country.
  • Analyzing the psychological contract across national contexts and institutional contexts.
  • Evaluating convergence, divergence or equilibrium concepts related to global strategy and the effects it has on managing the global workforce. 
  • Diagnosing factors that influence organizations developing a global workforce.
  • Comparing and contrasting international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and collaborative alliance as it relates to global workforce staffing, training, compensation, etc.
  • Researching the workforce effects of country of origin, dominance, localization and re-contextualization processes.  

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