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Postgraduate Course: Global Talent Management (CMSE11284)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 organisational concerns over 'talent wars', skill shortages, rapid internationalisation 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 organisation perspective with a comparative perspective by specifically considering 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 organisations 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 GTM in multinational organisations 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 organisations - including challenges, drivers and strategic issues in GTM;
- Knowledge of talent management in relation to the context in which it takes place by emphasising 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 2020/21, 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 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Case Study Analysis and Group Presentation 15% covers LO1, 2, 5.
Individual Report 35% covers LO1, 2, 4.
Individual final assessment - open book exam format 50% covers LO1, 3, 4.
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.
No Exam Information
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
  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 and 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 and gather, analyse and use information in order to present a balanced argument
Reading List
Resource list:
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 organisations, 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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