2018 ÉRIUM International Summer School

Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations

We are pleased to announce the 2018 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). This is the 8th edition of the Summer School. Join 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 schools in the field of labour and employment relations.  Learn more about us by visiting http://en.eri.umontreal.ca/home/ .



Classes start Monday, July 9th, 2018 and end Thursday, August 9th, 2018. 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 2018 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 2018

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


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

REI 6611 – International Human Resource Management
Prof. Tania Sba, PhD Université de Montréal

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 for an unforgettable experience. 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 $720 and for a double occupancy room the rate is $540 per person (4 weeks + 15% taxes). The double occupancy room can welcome up to 3 persons – one queen size bed to share and one single bed – with a rate of 360$ per person (4 weeks + 15% taxes).

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 ends on April, 16th, 2018. The registration period for Canadian candidates is extended to May, 1st, 2018. 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                                2018 fees        $  239.10 for each 3 credit course

Canadian (non-Quebec) student       2018 fees        $  740.28 for each 3 credit course

Foreign (non-Canadian) student        2018 fees        $1637.34 for each 3 credit course


The eligibility requirements for determining Quebec resident status can be found online here: http://www.etudes.umontreal.ca/etudes/rq-att-res-an.pdf


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.


To register for the 2018 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




2018 ÉRIUM International Summer School

Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations



Course Descriptions

REI 6300 –Labour Negotiation Seminar
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 – Labour Negotiation Seminar
Sean O’Brady, PhD Candidate and CRIMT Doctoral Researcher


Collective bargaining takes place in some shape or form in most parts of the globe. Given the growing salience of issues like economic inequality and insecurity, there is no better time than now to explore its features and functions in contemporary societies. The intent of this course is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the contexts, processes, and strategies that shape bargaining outcomes. Drawing from core theories and their application internationally, students will acquire the knowledge needed to successfully analyze labour negotiations, independent of their national setting.


Through this course, students will (1) develop an appreciation for collective bargaining, both as a tool for regulating conflict in the workplace and for its societal outcomes, (2) develop a critical understanding of core theories and approaches to collective bargaining and negotiation, as well as their strengths and limitations, (3) acquire the conceptual tool kit needed to analyze environments, structures, processes, and strategies, which can thereby be applied to understand collective bargaining in any setting, (4) recognize the importance of values and ethics to the negotiations process, and (5) hone practical skills in collective bargaining and negotiation, which will be acquired by participating in a bargaining simulation, engaging in negotiation exercises, and observing guest lectures.


The following themes will be examined (subject to change):

- Introduction to negotiations and collective bargaining

- Perspectives on collective bargaining and workplace governance

- The legal context

- The negotiating environment, bargaining structures, and power

- The negotiations process

- Negotiating strategies

- Conflict resolution

- Traditional models: A critique

- The fate of collective bargaining – An international analysis


Sean O’Brady is a PhD candidate in the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal, and 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. He will be commencing postdoctoral studies at Cornell University’s ILR School under the supervision of Virginia Doellgast in April, 2018. 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 has won many prestigious awards for his research, including the Canadian Industrial Relations Association’s Allen Ponak Best Paper Award and the Confédération des syndicats nationaux’s Marcel Pepin Scholarship. His research interests include collective bargaining, negotiation theory and strategies, job quality in retail food, industrial relations, labour-management partnerships, and human resource management.  


REI 6611 – International Human Resource Management

Professor Tania Saba

Globalization and the increasing presence of multinational corporations (MNCs) and multinational enterprises (MNEs) highlight 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 case studies, 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) Understand different forms of global work and implement this knowledge for strategic global HRM, (3) Implement effective managerial strategies and HR activities for a global workforce, (4) Analyze the impact of cultural dimensions on people’s behavior in work settings, and cultivate a global mindset for effectively managing staff worldwide, 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)

- Knowledge management across MNEs -

- Global Leadership and 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 Global Governance Issues  


Tania SABA is a Professor in the School of Industrial Relations at the University of Montreal and holds the BMO Chair in Diversity and Governance of the Université de Montréal. She has a PH.D in Industrial Relations (UdeM) and has conducted postdoctoral research at Cornell University in the field of International Human Resource Management. She is an affiliated researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT) and at the Center for International Studies and Research at the Université de Montréal (CÉRIUM).

Since 1996, Professor Saba teaches Human Resource Management with a focus on international dimensions, employee relations and strategic management. Her research interests include international human resource management, globalization processes, development of international talent, new employment relations, knowledge management, HR management in the private and public sectors, older worker’s management, intergenerational differences and the organization of the human resource function.  Tania Saba has published extensively and her research on aging and retirement has received awards on a number of occasions, including a citation in "Nature", a "Citation of Excellence Award" from Emerald Management Reviews, and the "Verity International" recognition from the Canadian Association of Administrative Sciences.

In addition to her professorial career, Tania Saba has held important executive and officer positions at the Université de Montréal. From 2008 to 2010, she became the first female director of the School of Industrial Relations. She also served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and then Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and External Affairs at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of the Université de Montréal between 2010 and 2015. She acted, from 2015 to 2017, as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science.



REI 6629 – Globalization and Labour Relations

Professor Ian MacDonald

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, published by Cornell ILR Press in Spring 2017.



2018 ÉRIUM International Summer School

Advanced Studies in Labour, HR and Employment Relations


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