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MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development

Course Description


This program is available on the Grenoble campus

The program is aimed at students wishing to pursue an international management career in a global context and:

- Acquire a specific knowledge and the understanding needed to work in HRM in an international context and to contribute to its development
- Experience a unique learning environment in working with people from different nationalities, culture and academic backgrounds and sharing the same interest in international people management
- Acquire an understanding of global business and culture and extend their international network.

The mission of the MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development is to build the abilities and skills necessary for future managers to recruit, manage and enhance talent while facilitating change in multicultural and international environments. The program provides an understanding of the approach to handling international human resource management operations and the differences in international and domestic HRM.

Through a blending of theory and practice, using case studies and applied learning, students will develop the competencies to understand the HR issues facing business today and positively impact organizational structure and dynamics.

The MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development focuses on the human resource and organizational issues facing companies that operate in the global market. It aims to train managers able to contribute to corporate performance and social responsibility through the effective management of the company's most valuable asset: its men and women.


"The MSc in International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development combines theoretical knowledge with a strong technical and practical orientation to enable students to master key operational know-how and soft skills. Students will be able to apply this knowledge to decision-making in HR and organizational development within different geographical contexts. The program has an international focus, as an ever-increasing globalization of business impacts HRM.

Program delivery relies on a mixture of pedagogical methods and techniques from traditional to interactive lectures, e-learning activities, readings, exercises, case studies, presentations, simulations, individual and multicultural team-based work.

Students will also experiment a course based on a new pedagogy: serious games.

The Final Management Project - a supervised research paper of 20,000 words - allows students to become experts in an HR-related topic of their choice covering not only technical concepts, but also professional practices and implications."

Sabine Lauria


The program explores how HR strategy fits into overall corporate strategy, the key differences between International Human Resource Management (IHRM) and domestic HRM, and the skills required to recruit, manage and enhance talent. It is designed for graduates who wish to pursue management careers at national and international levels.

Participants will develop the know-how and competencies to identify and understand the HR issues facing business today and develop appropriate strategies to ensure that effective people management strategies create competitive advantage and sources of value.

This program also emphasizes organizational development, as it is one of the new challenges in HR.


- Introduction to the Program and to the role of HRM today.
- Study Skills and Techniques (Case Study Methodology, Academic and Professional Writing, Presentation Skills etc.)
- Team Building and integration activities
- Moodle e-learning platform user training
- Introduction to the Library and Computing Services at GGSB
- Student Administrative Issues
- Alumni Association information


1) Business Environment

- Global Business Environment and Strategic Management
- International Labor Economics
- Finance and Accounting for HR Managers

2) Fundamentals of HRM

- Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
- Compensation and Benefits
- HR Reporting
- Information Systems for HR Managers
- Staffing
- Recruitment Process and e-Recruitment
- Personality Tests and Interview Techniques

3) International HR Management and Contemporary Issues

- Strategic IHRM
- HR as a Business Partner
- HR Innovations (Serious Game)
- Managing an HR Department (Simulation)
- Legal Context
- Employee Relations, Grievances and Representation
- Comparative Legal Contexts of International HRM
- People Development
- Talent Development and Performance Management
- International Career Path and Expatriation
- Social Management
- Creating and Managing a Well-Balanced Workplace
- Managing Diversity and Ethics

4) International Organizational Development

- International Team Behavior
- Leadership, Group and Team Dynamics
- Intercultural Management
- Organizational Development
- Managing Corporate Culture and Structure
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Change and Lean Management
- International Organization
- Company Profile

5) Research Methodology and Final Management Project Workshop


In addition to the core courses, students can attend personal and professional development workshops. These workshops cover current topics of interest, recent trends in management and career development. They serve as a complement to the core modules.


Students will select a company with international business located in different national culture. The purpose is to evaluate the impact of organization design on human resources roles and responsibilities. The objective is to gather public and internal information to develop their own analysis of the situation.

The program encourages effective teamwork as the major part of modules expects students to work in groups. These groups will consist of students of different nationalities and rhythms, as some students attend courses part-time.


A research techniques module has been created to provide the skills required to effectively work on the Final Management Projects and on future professional projects.


The second year of the program is dedicated to the Final Management Project, a written work of approximately 20,000 words, conducted under the supervision of a tutor from GGSB. Students will choose an aspect of International HR Management and are encouraged to link the chosen subject matter to their future career. The project can be completed in parallel with full-time employment or an internship based in France or abroad.


Operating in an international environment requires foreign language fluency and therefore a foreign language module is an option on the program for all students.

Non-French speakers may study French (beginner to advanced level). This option is highly advised for those who are looking to become professionals in France. French speakers may choose from a number of other languages at beginner level.


Graduates of this MSc program will be qualified for posts in both multinational corporations and companies experiencing rapid expansion in international markets.

Graduates may equally enter the consulting field in the areas of HR and organizational development.


This postgraduate MSc program is open to both young and mature graduates from any field and with no or limited work experience. Candidates should have excellent interpersonal skills, good oral and communication written skills and a strong motivation for international relations and business.

Visit the MSc International Human Resource Management and Organizational Development page on the Grenoble Ecole de Management website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Tiffany Brown - MSc IHRM

"I am originally from California and have worked in Human Resources in the television and film and the fashion industries. My goal in life was to live outside of the U.S., to get international experience and learn other languages.

I chose GGSB because I was very impressed by the course content. Other HR Masters programs in France heavily emphasized the managerial side of HR Management, but not the full organizational picture. As the degree name indicates, we are learning about HR from a global perspective along with the ins and outs of organizational development, behavior, and changes.

I was also attracted to the program because I knew that the school has triple accreditation and well-recognized MSc programs, which will help with future employment opportunities. I would like to work for a multinational company that promotes growth and development, with a diverse workforce, and potential opportunities in other countries. I wish to remain in Europe and work in various countries within the EU, and eventually to move to Asia or South America to expand my experience in the same domain."

(Student Profile)

Mirna Morni - MSc IHRM

3888.jpg "Originally from Venezuela, I have a background in journalism, classical music studies and translation. I have lived in France for four years and would like to stay here and work as a brand manager or director in a retail industry company. I chose GGSB because of its reputation and international environment. We have access to the best and most recent material and case studies, and I have also learned a lot from my multicultural classmates. Being at GGSB has made me not only a better businesswoman but a better person."


Eiffel Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

BENEFITS- Monthly stipend of €1,181
- Round-trip airfare to and from France
- Free participation in cultural activities
- Basic French healthcare coverage*Tuition fees are not covered by this award. This award covers only taught-part of master’s degree progam.PRIORITY COUNTRIES FOR THE GRANTAsia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and new members of the European Community

Value of Scholarship(s)

Monthly stipend of €1,181


YOU MUST HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO GGSB TO BE CONSIDERED.Only foreign nationals may apply. Dual nationality candidates who have French nationality are not eligible.

Application Procedure

- Your CV (résumé) of 1-2 pages in French or English. It must include your ranking and GPA (the average from your institution is acceptable)
- a Motivation Essay of 1-2 pages in French or English explaining why you chose to study in France and how this fits into your career goals. Do not forget to write your name in the file.
- plus full copies of your transcripts and degree in English or French.
- a copy of your passport
- French language certificate, if applicable
- two recommendation letters from employers, colleagues and/or professors

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Bachelor or Licence level degree

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