International Human Resource Management, Level 2

Course typeExchange
Course sectorHRM
Course duration5 months
SemesterFall (Sept. - Jan.)
For partners ofSchool of Applied Psychology and Human Resource Management

Across the globe, the performance of an organization’s human resources or human capital increasingly holds the key to successful business. International organizations and their staff continually need to adapt to shifts in the external environment and have to feel ‘at home’ anywhere in the world. The programme is aimed at advancing the understanding of human behavior in the workplace and of the contribution of human resource (HR) policies and practices to the effectiveness of organizations.

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The courses are:

Organization Theory 3: Organization Theory and Design

In this course, you will be introduced to the latest theories of organizations in an international (Westernoriented) environment, with the objective of improving your knowledge and understanding of organizations, primarily from a managerial perspective. This subject can be treated at an individual, group and organization systems level. The Starbucks Coffee Company will be used as a running case throughout the course.

International HRM 3.1: Strategic

This course makes use of the textbook ‘Strategic Human Resource Management’ by Paul Boselie (2010). The central theme is human resource management (HRM) in the organizational context. The underlying philosophy is that HRM is much more than individual practices. International Strategic HRM is about the alignment between HR practices and the alignment of HR practices with the internal and external organizational context.

Operations Management 3.1: Supply Chain

This course will give you an overview of all the relevant aspects of supply chain management and provides examples of companies where people have adopted this new way of thinking and working. Throughout the course, you will develop knowledge and understanding to enable organizations to develop a supply chain policy from a strategic organization perspective and to translate this in an operational plan.

Professional Communication Skills 2

Part 1: GAMMA (an analysis method)
This course give you an in-depth view into professional interaction by analyzing practice situations and exercising the basic communication skills in a realistic business context. This course focuses on the effective application of the various types of conversations.

Part 2: Coaching methods
In this course, you will learn:

  • Characteristics and types of mentoring
  • Coaching skills and techniques
  • Helping difficult people (i.e. dealing with resistance)
  • Coaching methods.

Organizational Behaviour 3: Change Management

The objective of this course is to improve your insight into organization-development and change processes, and into how they influence the motivation and behaviour of the people who work within the organization.


What is leadership, and who knows its secrets? The course will begin with an introduction to the various leadership concepts and theories. Different leadership theories, ethical aspects of leadership, authentic leadership, trust in and fairness of the leader and the effectiveness of leadership will be discussed.

Operations Management 3.2: Planning & Control/Human Resource Accounting

This course gives you an introduction to the disciplines of HRM & performance and planning & control. It explores the findings from recent academic research about the link between HRM and performance and the HR value chain. We will translate this theory into practical advice regarding how to make the results of HR activities visible and how to link them to financial performance.

Professional Communication Skills 3: Conflict management and mediation

In this course, you will learn:

  • Interpersonal conflict causes and patterns
  • The nature and types of interpersonal conflict
  • The personal way of resolving conflict (the personal conflict style and the results)
  • Competitive and cooperative conflict approaches
  • Conflict management styles, communication and negotiation
  • Defining types of conflicts and how to handle them effectively
  • Context of conflicts in the workplace in general and in intercultural settings in particular
  • Mediation as a method.

A minimum of two years of higher education in a discipline related to and including Human Resource Management. A good command of English - at least B2 as described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

For more information about the programme please contact Mrs. Wieke Ankersmit (