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People and Organizations

People and Organizations

Code: MGT2LG105
Extent: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: 2nd semester
Language: English
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory

Starting level and linkage with other courses

The course is connected with the International Talent Management, Riding the Waves of Change, Cultural Economic Geography and Knowledge Management master courses.

The course description is a combination of two courses:

A: International Talent Management
B: Communities of Practice

A International Talent Management

Code: MGT2LG105A
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: 2nd semester
Language: English
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will understand

  • the various dimensions of international human resource and talent management.
  • how the business strategy and the HR strategy are linked together.
  • the global and local perspectives in talent management.
  • the main HR processes to support the talent management.
  • the future of talent management.
  • how they can in any position contribute to the talent management in their companies.

The goal of the course is to learn about Human Resource and Talent management in order to understand and successfully contribute to their company’s future challenges in these matters.

Course contents

  • Strategic human resource management linked to company strategy
  • HRM today and challenges for the future
  • Talent Management
  • Global HRM linked to local HRM
  • HRM/Talent Management main processes
    • Resourcing (internal and external) (incl. expat matters)
    • Performance management
    • Development
    • Succession and career planning
    • Compensation and benefits
  • How the future might look – how to win “The War for Talent”

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours and presentations 18 h
Independent studies and own case work 62 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher responsible

Johanna Saarinen, Pasila

Course materials

Lecture materials and assigned articles

Other materials assigned by the teacher

Assessment criteria

Active participation of the contact hours 50%
Self-reflective paper 10%
Reading summaries, individual assignments 40%

B: Communities of Practice

Code: MGT2LG105B
Extent: 2 ECTS (54 h)
Timing: 2nd semester
Language: English
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Compulsory

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the students will understand

  • value of community of practice
  • how knowledge is created
  • how knowledge is shared in social interactions in communities
  • what enables organisational learning
  • the need to run a professional dialogue.

Course contents

  • Organizational learning (OL)
  • Learning organizations (LO)
  • Various aspects of Communities of Practice (CoPs)
  • CoPs as a learning organization
  • Cultivating cooperation
  • Knowledge capturing, creating, sharing, and enabling
  • The role and importance of trust in CoPs

Cooperation with the business community

The students apply theory into practice at their work places through a pre-assignment.

International dimension

The readings and examples discussed in the debate focus on international dimensions.

    Teaching and learning methods

    Independent studies 49 h
    Group work as a debate 4 h
    The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

    Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

    Not applicable.

    Teacher responsible

    Maria Jakubik, Dr. Sc. (Econ.), Pasila

    Course materials

    Garvin, D. 2008. Building a Learning Organization. Harvard Business School Publication.

    Garving, D., Edmondson, A. & Gino, F. 2008. Is Yours a Learning organization? Harvard Business School Publication.

    Heckscher, C. & Adler, P. (editors). 2006. The Firm as a Collaborative Community. Reconstruction Trust in the Knowledge Economy. Oxford University Press.

    Nonaka, I., Toyama, R. & Konno, N. 2001. Managing Industrial Knowledge, creation, transfer and utilization, SAGE Publications Ltd. London, Ch. 1: SECI, Ba and leadership: A unified Model of Dynamic Knowledge Creation.

    Wenger, E. 1998. Communities of Practice – Learning as a Social System. Systems Thinker.

    Wenger, E. 1999. Communities of Practice. Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge University Press.

    Wenger, E., McDermott, R. & Snyder, W. 2002. Cultivating Communities of Practice. Harvard Business School Press.

    Other selected articles in Moodle appointed by the teacher.

    Assessment components and their respective weights

    Essay (written, individual assignment to be submitted in Moodle) 70%

    Debate (group assignment) 30%

    The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h 0%

    The course will be assessed in a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is the best. It is implemented as distance learning but attendance in the debate is compulsory for all students. To receive the credits, all parts need to be passed. No additional assignments will be given to compensate absences. In case of absence from the debate the course should be re-taken.

    The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.