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Postgraduate Course: Global Talent Management (CMSE11542)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryGlobal 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 This course examines global talent management (GTM) in multinational organisations, critically considering the challenges, drivers and strategic issues underpinning GTM. The course considers both theoretical and applied considerations of importance for GTM, drawing out an understanding of GTM strategies and practices in relation to the evolving strategies of organisations operating with in international contexts. The course critically applies HR strategies for identifying, developing and retaining talent in global organisations. It examines important social, economic and cultural factors that affect talent management across different sectors, including both international NGOs as well as MNCs. Beyond sectoral differences, the course explores talent management in different contexts, focusing on different regions of the globe, in order to critically identify and evaluate the challenges associated with the implementation of GTM strategies and policies in a variety of different contexts. 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.

Content Outline

- GTM and the HR function
- Talent management and employer branding
- Mobility and talent management in INGOs
- Regional perspectives on talent management I: emerging economies
- Regional perspectives on talent management II: MENA and CEE

Student learning experience

The course is taught using a combination of traditional content-based lectures and individual and small group flipped classroom activities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 83 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework (individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessment within agreed deadlines.
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore and solve them responsibly.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.
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Course organiserDr Ishbel McWha-Hermann
Tel: (0131 6)51 5466
Course secretaryMr Sean Reddie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
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