Postgraduate taught 

International Human Resource Management & Development MSc

Managing and Leading People in International Contexts MGT5349

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Adam Smith Business School
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to provide students with a rigorous framework of knowledge and understanding concerning effective management and leadership of people in organisations across sectors and cultures.

It considers issues of motivation, commitment and engagement and the promotion of flexible working and effective change management. It also considers the context in which management and leadership take place and considers the influence of organisation, sectoral and national cultures. In addition, it also aims to develop graduate attributes including the ability to communicate important concepts, ideas and research findings to organisational colleagues and be able to respond to feedback in a responsive and effective manner.


The course applies a blended learning design with an indicative balance of 50% on campus, 50% online. It is normally timetabled to run over three weeks in Semester 1.

Excluded Courses





Assessment on this course is a portfolio of two pieces of work. The first is a group assignment on a case study (worth 50%) and the second, an individual reflection on one key theoretical issue covered in the group assignments, which the individual student can relate to personally, from their own experience as an employee, a manager or a leader in a particular organisational context. The aim of the reflective essay (worth 50%) is to show in depth understanding of one particular theoretical aspect of the course.

Course Aims

This course aims to:


1. Develop students' familiarity with the knowledge and skills required for managing and leading people effectively in international contexts.

2. Hone students' evaluative skills in terms of identifying and evaluating cutting-edge research on relevant topics.

3. Develop students' awareness of and sensitivity to the context in which management and leadership take place and help them to consider the influence of organisation, sectoral and national cultures.

4. Debate the differences between management and leadership in different sectors and cultures.

5. Provide opportunities for critical appraisal of specific challenges to managing and leading professionals.

6. Develop students' employability through honing thinking, decision-making and communication skills in the context of managing and leading people within organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Distinguish between specific approaches to management and leadership in different sectors (e.g. public, private) and contexts (social, organisational, multicultural)

2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the knowledge and people management skills required for managing and leading in an international context

3. Review, recognise and critically evaluate theories and controversies around topics such as motivation, reward value, satisfaction, commitment, engagement and change management

4. Debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations

5. Analyse specific challenges and issues in managing and leading professionals and demonstrate context specific responses

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.