wir852 - International Management (Complete module description)

wir852 - International Management (Complete module description)

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Module label International Management
Modulkürzel wir852
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law (Economics)
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's programme Business Administration: Management and Law (Master) > Schwerpunktmodule RdW - BWL
  • Master's programme Business Administration: Management and Law (Master) > Schwerpunktmodule UF - BWL
Zuständige Personen
  • Junker-Michel, Mareike (module responsibility)
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Skills to be acquired in this module
The module consists of lecture as well as seminar elements which interlink with each other on a technical and didactical level. By alternating lectures, discussions, and training elements, students get to know the theoretical basics as well as the practical relevance of the module topics. They get the chance to integrate themselves, their theoretical knowledge and practical experiences, and to exchange views with the other students and the lecturer. Different teaching and learning methods support the student’s professional, methodological, social-communicative, and personal competences, e. g. via station learning, role plays and debates, thesis discussions and case study analysis. They work within the entire group as well as small groups.

Attending the course, students
- develop a solid knowledge of this broad subject and are able to relate the various scientific and practical findings with each other and also understand them on a macro-level;
- understand the complex issues, challenges and fields of action in International Management;
- are able to analyse, interpret and manage international economic and business issues within heterogeneous (above all cultural) fields of stakeholders and environments;
- can effectively analyse and apply the strategic, structural and cultural instruments in International Management according to the specific practical context;
- develop skills of self-reflection (supported by the technical and didactical concepts) and are able to press their point within the scientific discussion;
  • are able to locate a specific research question within the scientific discussion in the field of International Management and to interlink, reflect and evaluate it accordingly.
Module contents
Students gain theoretical as well as practical insights in the backgrounds and specific characteristics of International Management. A specific focus will (as a last point) be laid on international Human Resource Management as it provides notably relevant issues in international business administration.

Students deal with foundations, challenges and possible fields of action within the following topics:

  • Economic internationalisation and the international firm
    • Characteristics, development and relevance
    • Terminological differentiation and attribution
    • Research and explanatory approaches
  • Environment and orientation of international corporations
    • Culture and management
    • Fields and forms of strategy
    • Organisation by structure and processes
    • Responsibility and public affairs
  • Relevance of and fields in international Human Resource Management
    • Requirements and organisation of the central HR areas
    • Recruitment and selection
    • Expatriation of employees
    • Intercultural management
    • Social management

The presentations and discussions also offer possibilities to deepen and broaden these topics according to the students interests and latest developments in theory and practice.
Festing, M. / Dowling, P. J. / Weber, W. / Engle, A. D. (2011), Internationales Personalmanagement, 3rd edition, Gabler, Wiesbaden.
Holtbrügge, D. / Welge, M. K. (2015), Internationales Management. Theorien, Funktionen, Fallstudien, 6th edition, Schäffer Poeschel, Stuttgart.
Kutschker, M. / Schmid, S. (2011), Internationales Management, 7th edition, Oldenbourg, München.
Perlitz, M. / Schrank, R. (2013), Internationales Management, 6th edition, UTB Konstanz/ München.

Further literature will be announced during the semester according to the particular lecture/seminar content.
Language of instruction German
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Module level ---
Previous knowledge Grundlagenmodule im Bereich Betriebswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Organisation und Personal
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 28
Seminar 2 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
Depending on the type of examination during the lecture period, at the end of the lecture period or at the end of the semester
Seminar paper or presentation or written exam or oral exam or portfolio or project report (will be fixed and announced at the beginning of the semester by the lecturer)