International Summer University / Challenges in Leadership and Strategy: Managing People in Global Organizations



Course tutor from GSOM:
Marina O. Latukha, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Other instructors:
• Dr. Katharina Pernkopf, WU
• Tobias Knoll, MSc, WU
• Dr. Marina Latukha, St. Petersburg University, GSOM
• Dr. Andrei Panibratov, St. Petersburg University, GSOM
• Dr. Olga Makarova, St. Petersburg University, GSOM
• Dr. Andrei Zamulin, St. Petersburg University, GSOM
Dmitry Kucherov, St. Petersburg University, GSOM
• Dr. Antonina Lisovskaya, St. Petersburg, GSOM
• Dr. Joan Freixanet Solervicens, St. Petersburg, GSOM



45 contact hours


Undergraduate/Intermediate to advanced level courses

Program overview:

The program is hosted by GSOM and is delivered jointly by GSOM and WU –Vienna University of Economics and Business.
This is a unique chance to receive an international certificate from WU (will be given to all participants).
The Summer School will start on September 4 and last till September 22 (the schedule will be announced shortly).
During this intensive 3-weeks module classes will be delivered jointly with the WU students that come to GSOM together with their professors.

Course Description:

This ISU applies contemporary theory and research in leadership & strategy to issues arising in organizations from globalization, increased competition and related societal changes. The course introduces the major paradigms and central approaches to understand how managing people within and across work cultures works effectively to create and support leadership and strategy. Students who successfully complete this ISU will be able to:
• develop an in-depth knowledge about international human resource management (IHRM), leadership & strategic management
• design, conduct and present a practice-related project with local organizations
• competently identify critical issues by looking at IHRM, leadership, strategy research
• improve their skills in reading, writing, arguing and theorizing
• gain practice in presenting and discussing their ideas with others
• raise their awareness and sensitivity towards cultural differences
• display appropriate behavior in organizational contexts

Course Content (Topics and subtopics):



The program familiarizes students with international dimensions of IHRM, leadership and strategic management. Topics to be covered will be:
• Differences between domestic and international HRM, leadership and strategy
• Various theoretical approaches towards IHRM (cultural, comparative, headquarters-subsidiary relational, strategic, etc.)
• International staffing, expatriation and other employment practices (industrial relations, diversity management & multicultural teams)
• Organizational culture & motivation (employer branding, incentives)
• Creating leadership in global environment by HRM:
• Global talent management: strategies and practices, implementation of HRM and TM strategies in different organizational contexts
• Employee branding for strategic leadership and development of leadership competencies on different organizational levels, performance management and motivation
• Trends and developments in HRM in innovation-active and knowledge-intensive firms in the context of developing countries
• The role of knowledge and relationships for a firm’s internationalization: CEOs and the Board perspectives
• An introduction to the subject of strategic management
• In this regard, a special focus on the two central areas of strategy formulation & strategy implementation (the basis of an organization’s future performance)
• Insights into the importance of both business strategies and corporate strategy (as well as concepts influencing the business environment)
• Strategy implementation bridging the gap to the afore-taught subjects of IHRM and leadership (the last stage and most decisive stage of the strategy lifecycle explaining why managerial (soft) skills are of utmost importance to succeed in implementing a previously defined strategic plan)

Course Organization:

The program is composed of:
• acquiring basic knowledge through reading assignments & passing a written exam
• lectures led by faculty members introducing central areas of knowledge
• interactive presentations, group work and discussions
• a practice-related project conducted with local organizations
• guest lectures from local experts
During the course two important social events will take place: Russian and Austrian International Cultural Events where students from each side prepare performance, food and other activities aiming to present cultural and historical backgrounds. Social events attendance is obligatory for all students.

Course Reading (the full list):

Literature and other course material will be communicated to participating students in due time before the ISU Russia program starts. Some materials will be distributed in class.

Final project description:

The final group project aims to establish concrete relationships between theoretical and practical issues related to global human resource management.
During the project students should provide a detailed analysis of particular task (problem/challenge) from theoretical and practical views presented by particular company. Students act as consultants in strategy and HRM field showing their abilities to implement theoretical knowledge into practice and to make managerial decisions.
The company and the task will to be announced.
Each group should prepare a written report and ppt presentation with a company’s analysis and recommendations how to solve the task.

Grading Policy (% or points):

Students will be assessed internally. All course work must be completed on time and or by prior arrangement with the faculty. The following assessment will apply for this course:
(1) exam assignments (30%)
(2) project presentation (30%)
(3) project report (30%)
(4) active participation within class (10%)

Course benefits:

  • All students that finish the course successfully apart from getting this course in the diploma will also receive a certificate from the Summer School that can be a valuable add-on to the professional portfolio.
  • The possibility to ‘close’ one of the electives in the very beginning of the semester and you don’t have to choose another course from these baskets.
  • The schedule of this course DOES NOT overlap with other 2nd year courses.
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