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Postgraduate Course: Global Talent Management (CMSE11284)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryIn the last decade or so global talent management (GTM) has received considerable practitioner and academic interest driven by organizational concerns over 'talent wars', skill shortages, rapid internationalization as well as long-lasting transformational changes in the business economy such as a shift towards a knowledge economy. This course is designed to integrate the multinational enterprise perspective along with a comparative perspective by specifically considering global talent management (GTM) policies and practices against the international business backdrop. Burgeoning research and interest in the area has highlighted the difference between the reality and rhetoric of talent management in practice whereby organizations recognise the strategic importance of GTM and yet lack the necessary competence to manage the process. This course is specifically designed to increase students, theoretical and empirical understanding of global talent management in multinational firms operating in different parts of the world.
Course description By the end of the course, students will have/be able to:

-A good knowledge and understanding of all aspects of global talent management (GTM) in multinational firms - including challenges, drivers and strategic issues in GTM;
-Knowledge of talent management in relation to the context in which it takes place by emphasizing the comparative HRM component such as talent management in the context of BRIC/emerging economies;
-An understanding of GTM strategies and practices in relation to the evolving strategies of international business firms;
-The capacity to critically identify and evaluate the challenges associated with the implementation of GTM strategies and policies in a variety of different contexts;
-Adequately reflect on the complex set of environmental and organisational factors that affect talent management in multinationals;
-Critically apply HR strategies for identifying, developing and retaining talent in global organisations;
-Critically evaluate the role of global leadership in developing and/or facilitating capability, knowledge transfer and cultural diffusion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Other Study Hours 127, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Preparation - 62hours, Research - 20hours, Writing up - 10hours, Exam revision - 35hours
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 35 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Feedback All students will be given at least one formative feedback or feedforward event for every course they undertake, provided during the semester in which the course is taken and in time to be useful in the completion of summative work on the course. Such feedback may be at course or programme level, but must include input of relevance to each course in the latter case.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Global Talent Management (CMSE11284) 2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explore the conceptual apparatus and theoretical debates informing global talent management (GTM)
  2. Undertake and evaluate succession planning and leadership development with a view to building sustainable organisational performance
  3. Synthesise and evaluate complex debates in the subject area
  4. Be able to discern and comment critically upon the chief institutional and organisational variables driving managerial approaches to global talent management & display in written work developing abilities to digest, synthesise and critically evaluate contrasting perspectives from the literature in reaching sustainable/practical conclusions
  5. Competently present, communicate and exchange ideas in both large and small group settings & gather, analyse and use information in order to present a balanced argument
Reading List
Key texts:

Scullion, H. and D.G. Collings (eds.) (2011), Global Talent Management, New York: Routledge.

Sparrow, P., H. Scullion and I. Tarique (eds.) (2014), Strategic Talent Management: Contemporary Issues in International Context, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On completion of the course students should:
-appreciate the importance of global talent management policies and practices for multinational firms, and have a firm understanding of how to design, implement and evaluate talent management strategies;
-have secured an understanding of the ethical implications of global talent management and acquired sensitivity towards practice-oriented concerns such as issues of organisational justice, silos mentality, diversity implications etc.
-have the ability to locate appropriate academic and practitioner resources on key talent management debates;
-have improved their analytical, writing and presentation skills according to accepted disciplinary conventions.
Course organiserDr Ishbel McWha-Hermann
Tel: (0131 6)51 5466
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Millson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3013
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