Academic MasterCourse HR & IM
Human Resources and International Mobility
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Organisations are increasingly dependent on other countries for their
economic growth and future and are seeing opportunities across the
border to withstand the increased competition. Due to this globalisation
of economic activity, international labour mobility has increased as
well: employees, experts and (top) management are increasingly active on
an international level. This has also added an international dimension
to the position of the HR manager, which no longer applies to just a
national reference framework. In this new habitat, the HR manager needs
to take into account the legal, social, financial and cultural
frameworks of many more countries and worldwide developments that
influence the composition and execution of labour conditions. This has
resulted in the creation of a new and challenging expertise: HR
International Mobility (HR IM).
The importance of the HR IM position for the organisation
HR position has always been a condition for successful national
entrepreneurship. However, as soon as the organisation has to deal with
personnel operating internationally, this position becomes a critical
factor for the success of company activities. If the HR IM position is
not properly secured and employees cannot start work (on time) or are
even forced to leave the country prematurely, work activities run the
risk of stagnation (or even failure) and investments in the (high) costs
that cross-border labour brings with it may be lost. Furthermore, the
organisation may have to deal with penalties, compensation, withdrawal
of concessions and work permits, company shut-down, reputation damage
and resignation of talented employees. The importance of the HR IM
position can therefore not be underestimated, even if the organisation
has only a small number of internationally operating employees and
limited accompanying work activities.
The course has been established in collaboration with
Education at an academic level
is increasingly recognised that HR IM is not merely an administrative
position, but an essential contribution to the success of the
organisation. Therefore, the HR IM official is expected to support the
management team from that perspective and not just act as credible HR
Business Partner, but as expert conversation partner for external
service providers and government authorities as well. For that purpose,
the HR IM official will be required to function at the same level as
these stakeholders, meaning at an academic level.
work field of the HR IM official consists of such complex fields of
knowledge that an academic education is necessary for the intrinsic
understanding of those disciplines and the insight in coherence between
those disicplines, with the additional complication that not only the
accompanying rules are continuously changing, but the context within and
outside of the organisation as well, which constantly creates new forms
of deployment and types of rewards.
In order to be able to cope
with this implementation of the HR IM function, education is required
where knowledge and skills indispensible for this role are obtained.
Starting in September 2015, the Institute for Taxation and Economics of
the Erasmus University Rotterdam will be offering the following course:
the MasterCourse HR International Mobility. This course has been
realised in collaboration with the Expatise Academy.
What to achieve with this course
this MasterCourse, you will meet the qualifications for the new
generation HR IM official. You will understand the coherence between the
various disciplines of international labour mobility and you will be
capable of providing proactive advice. You will instruct external
advisors and follow and check up on their activities. You will
understand how legal systems relate to each other in an international
context and you will possess the knowledge with respect to compliance
obligations belonging to the various manifestations of international
deployment. You will be able to estimate the effect of changing
circumstances and signal risks. You will be capable as expert
conversation partner to act proactively with respect to the correct
considerations in the decision-making process regarding cases of
international deployment. You will be able to make visible the costs and
consequences of this and recommend alternatives. You will be capable of
weighing the pros and cons in order to realise the objectives of the
company. You will be able to reduce the costs while maintaining quality,
realise savings and mitigate compliance risks.
What does the MasterCourse look like
MasterCourse consists of an online self-study in preparation of a total
of seven lectures, in which the theory will be discussed from a
cross-disciplinary approach; systems of other countries will also be
discussed (Focus on the world).
On the one hand, the teaching method
offers an individual course where you prepare intensively in your own
time and at your own pace and, on the other hand, training in class that
focuses on case studies and discussions with teachers and fellow
students. By so doing, students can obtain advanced knowledge on and
insight into the domain of HR International Mobility in a relatively
short amount of time. The online self-study starts in September 2015.
For this part of the course, you can determine your own pace; every
online module needs to be completed at the latest prior to the lecture
corresponding to the online module. The seven lectures will start in
January 2016 and will take place once a month, in principle on the
fourth Tuesday of the month; the months July and August are free,
meaning that the last workshop will take place in September. The
workshops start at 9.30am and end at 5.30pm. Preparatory in-depth study
materials will be put at your disposal before the lectures. The summer
months and the period of September – November are reserved for writing a
paper. The defence thereof will take place in December 2016. The dates
for the workshops and defence of the paper have yet to be announced.
Attendance is mandatory.
The MasterCourse will be completed with an exam consisting of writing and defending a paper.