2017 ÉRIUM International Summer School

Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations

We are pleased to announce the 2017 program for the International Summer School in Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations at the University of Montreal's School of Industrial Relations (ÉRIUM). As the 7th edition of our International Summer School, we are excited to welcome you to Montreal. Join us along with other students and professionals from around the world in this unique international experience.

What is ÉRIUM?

ÉRIUM is the French acronym of the School of Industrial Relations at the University of Montreal. We are a leading school in labour, human resources and employment relations in North America. Our academic reputation extends nearly 70 years. We offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs to roughly 700 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, making us one of the largest university schools in the field of labour and employment relations. Learn more about us by visiting en.eri.umontreal.ca/home/ .


Classes start Monday, July 10th, 2017 and end Friday, August 11th, 2017. Each course typically has 2 sessions per week over the 5-week program. Some students will elect to stay an extra week to complete their final assignments and have time to enjoy the city.

Language of instruction

Although the University of Montreal is a French-speaking institution, all three of our courses scheduled for the 2017 International Summer School will be offered in English to allow for the participation of students from a range of countries. Assessed work can be submitted in either English or French.

Course Program for 2017

Detailed course descriptions are available at the end of this page.

REI 6300 – Seminar on Labour Negotiation Sean O’Brady, PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal

REI 6611 – International Human Resource Management Prof. Pamela Lirio, PhD McGill University 2

REI 6629 – Globalization and Labour Relations Prof. Ian MacDonald, PhD York University

Who should take these courses?

Graduate students and undergrads entering their final year of studies who want to add a stimulating international experience to their learning portfolio in labour and employment relations.

HR and employment relations professionals who want to upgrade their skills and gain university level graduate school credit in an intensive but friendly learning format over the summer period.

Students from our ÉRIUM partner schools and universities who are participating in our international summer school program in a planned bi-lateral exchange for credit from their home institution.

Anyone interested in taking a first step towards postgraduate qualifications in labour and employment relations, health and safety, labour law, human resource management, and public policy.

Current ÉRIUM students as all courses are a part of the regular ÉRIUM curriculum.

Teaching methods

Courses feature a dynamic and interactive approach to teaching with an emphasis on intercultural exchange, team-building and advanced learning in a supportive and stimulating environment. Summer School students can take 1 or 2 of the 4 courses offered. The summer schedule is designed to allow students to take any combination of the 4 courses on offer.

Course Recognition

Courses are a regular part of the graduate program in industrial relations at the University of Montreal and are credited in our postgraduate programs. They are also recognized by the Inter-university Mobility Program (BCI) in Quebec. Students from other universities are encouraged to secure advance recognition from their home school or department if they are seeking credit equivalencies in their home university programs.

Why Montreal?

Montreal is a city made for students. Thousands of students choose to study abroad in Montreal every year. The city offers a vibrant and safe environment with a wide range of summer activities and a quality of life that will make your experience unforgettable. From summer festivals to international cuisine, Montreal regularly tops the list of international travel destinations in North America and was listed No. 1 on the BOCOM Sea Turtle Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit ranking global international education destinations.

Accommodations and Medical Insurance

The student residences at the University of Montreal (www.studioshotel.ca) offer participants accommodation at reasonable prices. The current rate for a single occupancy room is $630 and for a double occupancy room the rate is $450 per person (4 weeks + 15% taxes). 3

Non-Canadian students are automatically signed up for mandatory group medical insurance. Insurance costs are $81 per month, thus $162 for July and August. These expenses are added to the tuition fees.

How to Register

Register as soon as possible before our classes reach their maximum enrollment. Our registration period for independent international students this year begins on January, 15th, 2017 and ends on April, 15th, 2017. The registration period for Canadian candidates is extended to May, 1st, 2017. Registration may also close once the courses are full. Students may register one of two ways:

1. Independent Student (étudiant libre in French)

Students outside the Quebec university system register with independent status and may complete courses for a regular letter grade and receive an official university transcript. These students are not considered admitted to a degree program.

The tuition fees for independent students depends upon residence status. The following fee scale is listed here as a general guide and should be verified with the university registrar’s office.

Quebec resident 2017 fees $ 302.08 for each 3 credit course

Canadian (non-Quebec) student 2017 fees $ 722.76 for each 3 credit course

Foreign (non-Canadian) student 2017 fees $1594.29 for each 3 credit course

The eligibility requirements for determining Quebec resident status can be found online here:


2. Registration through the Quebec Interuniversity Mobility Program

This registration status is for students currently registered in other universities in Quebec. Students in other universities in Quebec can enroll through this program. Visit the website of this program called the Bureau de Coopération Interuniversitaire in French at www.crepuq.qc.ca .

To register for the 2017 ÉRIUM International Summer School, send an email to:

Kassy Moua, M.Sc., CHRP

China Student Exchanges and ÉRIUM International Summer School coordinator

School of Industrial Relations University of Montreal

E-mail: kas.nonz.moua@umontreal.ca

Office: +1 (514) 343-6111 extension 2584 4


2017 ÉRIUM International Summer School

Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations

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2017 ÉRIUM International Summer School

Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations

Course Descriptions

REI 6300 – Seminar on Labour Negotiation, Sean O’Brady, PhD Candidate, Université de Montréal

REI 6611 – International Human Resource Management, Prof. Pamela Lirio, PhD McGill University

REI 6629 – Globalization and Labour Relations, Prof. Ian MacDonald, PhD York University


REI 6300 – Seminar on Labour Negotiation

Sean O’Brady, PhD Candidate

Labour-management negotiations are critical as ever in an era of intense competition and uncertainty in the workplace. Managers, unions, and workers are being forced to negotiate collective and individual work contracts in a climate that is considerably more diverse and stressful than was the case for their forefathers. Contrary to a time where negotiations were concluded by a handshake amongst male breadwinners, analysts of contemporary negotiations must consider that power is conspicuously uneven across the bargaining table, that workers often feel powerless in resisting concession-making in a neoliberal environment, that the rise of women in the workplace is challenging norms of bargaining, and that immigration and globalization is making negotiations increasingly cross-cultural. It is for these reasons that future labour relations and human resource management practitioners need to hone effective negotiation skills to operate in a constantly changing environment.

This course will teach students modern theories and techniques designed to improve their effectiveness in analyzing and conducting labour negotiations. While the focus is on labour relations, the course content will prepare students for negotiations in any setting, thereby preparing them for careers in all walks of life. Embracing a method of experiential learning, students will review case-studies, engage in negotiation exercises, and participate in a bargaining simulation competition, in addition to reviewing literature on the core elements of negotiation. The aim will be to repeatedly refine the strategies and tactics applied by students throughout the course, ensuring that they have internalized the lessons for further use in their careers.  

Through this course, students will (1) gain an appreciation of core theories and approaches to negotiation and collective bargaining, as well as their limitations, (2) acquire the analytical skills needed to effectively plan and conduct labour negotiations in practice, (3) explore labour negotiation processes in a variety of organizational and legal settings, as well as with different sets of actors, drawing from case-studies in North America, (4) recognize the importance of values and ethics to the negotiations process, and (5) participate in practical bargaining simulation exercises to internalize techniques and lessons learned from the course. The last of which will culminate in a bargaining competition in a team setting.

Course themes (subject to change):

- The North American labour relations context

- Introduction to negotiations and collective bargaining

- Negotiation strategy and planning - Strategy and tactics of distributive bargaining - Strategy and tactics of integrative negotiation

- Interpersonal (two-party) negotiation

- Three-party negotiation

- Intra-organizational negotiation

- Multi-party negotiation

- International and cross-cultural negotiation - Ethics of negotiation


Sean O’Brady is a PhD candidate in the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal, and holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. He is also a doctoral researcher with the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), an international centre of excellence for the study of work in the global era. His thesis, under the supervision of Gregor Murray, investigates the influence of collective bargaining strategies on the economic security of workers in food retail. Through qualitative case-studies of supermarket chains, Sean is comparing how collective bargaining has affected working conditions in Canada, Germany, Sweden, and the United States. He completed a research stay with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in Brussels, Belgium to conduct field research on the European experience. His research interests include collective bargaining, negotiation theory and strategies, job quality in retail food, industrial relations, labour-management partnerships, service management, and human resource management.   


REI 6611 – International Human Resource Management

Professor Pamela Lirio

Globalization and the increasing presence of multinational corporations (MNCs) and multinational enterprises (MNEs) highlights the importance of understanding how people are managed in different cultural and regional contexts. This has implications for many stakeholders in global business today, including employees, managers, HR practitioners, unions, policy makers and academic researchers. The course introduces students, through theory and practical examples, to the complexity of international human resource management and cross-cultural issues within global management.


This course aims to:

- Introduce the field of international human resource management (IHRM) and the concept of cross-cultural/global management

- Present key theoretical concepts and examples of IHRM issues in practice today

- Explore the impact of national culture within organizations and how HR practitioners and managers can develop key global competencies

- Provide an opportunity for students to understand their own potential as an effective global leader and to consider building a future global career

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to (1) Understand HRM in an international or global context and implications for policy in multinational or global organizations, (2) Analyze the impact of cultural dimensions on people’s behavior in work settings, and cultivate a global mindset for effectively managing staff worldwide, (3) Understand different forms of global work and implement this knowledge for strategic global HRM and one’s personal career development, (4) Implement effective communication techniques and managerial strategies for a global workforce, and (5) Conduct research in the international HRM field by investigating and networking within a multinational or global organization.

Course themes. The following topics will be covered (subject to change):

- Introduction to International HRM and the Global Context of Work/Business

- Interpreting culture (Country-level, Organizational)

- Communicating across MNEs 

- Using technology in global work and social media in worldwide recruiting/sourcing 

- Global Leadership 

- Global Talent Management (Staffing, Sourcing) 

- Global Organizational Development 

- Global Compensation and Performance Management 

- Global Careers and Diverse Global Workers 

- Global Mobility and Work-Life Issues 

- Global Business Ethics and Human Sustainability Issues  


Pamela Lirio is a professor in the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal. She has a Ph.D. (Management) from McGill University, an MBA in International Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (California) and a BA from Boston College. In addition to the international human resource management course, Dr. Lirio has taught management and leadership to Executive MBA students at EDHEC Business School in Lille, France and qualitative methods at the Asian Institute of Management-AIM in Manila, Philippines. Her research is focused in the areas of international HRM, work-life balance, workforce diversity (e.g. cultural, generational and gender), global talent management and HR employer/employee branding via social media. Dr. Lirio has published recently in the Journal of Global Mobility, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management and Career Development International, in addition to various edited books.


Featured in the Financial Times as a ‘Professor of the Week’ (December 1, 2011), Professor Lirio was also chosen a 2011 Highly Commended Award Winner of the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in Human Resource Management for her study of global managers and work-life balance. She also served 6 years on the Executive Board of the Women of the Academy of International Business (WAIB). Dr. Lirio has over 10 years of experience in industry positions in finance, marketing and consulting in North America and Europe. Bi-lingual in English (native) and French, she also has working knowledge of Spanish and some Filipino.


REI 6629 – Globalization and Labour Relations

Professor Ian MacDonald 7

Globalization is one of the major forces restructuring the world of work. Technological change and international trade and investment agreements have allowed multinational corporations to stretch production networks across the globe in order to access a massive increase in the world’s workforce as well as rapidly expanding consumer markets in the developing world. Meanwhile, financialization and new forms of corporate organization have squeezed workers and unions and forced nation states to adjust labour policies, both in the Global North and in the Global South. A critical and carefully empirical account of these changes will reveal that labour market actors – including corporations, nation states, and labour unions – face not only challenges in this period, but also choices between alternative strategies. Are multinational corporations free to move production to lowest cost locations, or are unions and local states able to influence investment decisions and industrial relations practices? What varieties of labour relations regimes are being developed to adjust to global competitive pressures, and which achieve better social and labour market outcomes? What forms of global regulation will be adequate to re-balancing power relationships in the world economy?

This course is an advanced introduction to the issues and debates that arise in the globalization of labour relations. We begin with a critical and concrete examination of the contours of the world economy, paying attention to the key structures and agents. We turn in a second section to a comparative analysis of how labour relations are being globalized in the major centres of the world economy, including Europe, North America and China. Here we develop an understanding of how domestic labour relations are being globalized as countries adopt new laws and domestic firms respond with new IR strategies to competitive pressures, while domestic labour movements, states and multinational firms seek to transfer labour relations from one context to another. Building on our understanding of the structures of global production and the strategic options confronting labour market actors, a final section turns to the emergent global relationships between unions, multinational corporations, and international institutions which will shape the future of globalization, with particular attention to current debates on global labour standards, labour strategies and labour policy.

By the end of this course, students will have mastered the key debates surrounding globalization and will have a strong understanding of how labour relations are adjusting in the majors centres of the world economy. Students will have gained a command of the main contributions to the academic literature in the field, as well as national-level policy options and implications for local industrial relations practices in the global economy. They will be prepared to apply this knowledge as workplace professionals or develop their understanding in further graduate study.

Course themes include:

- Contours of the global economy   

- Globalization and labour in long historical perspective 

- Globalization and shifting employment structures and relationships 

- Multinational Corporations (MNCs) as strategic and embedded actors 

- The state, free trade agreements and labour law 

- Labour relations and the globalization of finance 

- Labour relations and economic development in global production networks (GPNs) 

- Varieties of capitalism, varieties of IR regimes 

- The globalization of labour relations in liberal market economies (US, UK, Canada) 

- The globalization of labour relations in coordinated market economies (Europe) 

- The globalization of Chinese labour relations 

- Restructuring and collective bargaining in MNCs 

- The social regulation of MNCs and global value chains

- Transnational labour alliances and global union federations 

- Global debates on labour policy reform after the crisis

Ian MacDonald is a professor in the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal. His research interests include labour politics, organization and union bargaining strategies, comparative political economy, labour geography, urban policy, labour relations in Latin America and globalization. His research has already resulted in numerous publications and scientific outreach activities. Ian has a PhD (Political Science) from York University. He has recently been a Visiting Scholar at the Worker Institute of Cornell University's ILR School and an adjunct professor at the Murphy Institute of the City University of New York. An edited volume under his direction, Unions and the City: Negotiating Urban Change, is being published by Cornell ILR Press in Spring 2017.