International Human Resource Management

Department of Management, Business School

College of Social Sciences


Code 20565

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 10

Semester 2

Pre-requisite modules HRM – 07 21656

Module description

This module provides an introduction to international human resource management and locates this in a comparative context. The Module aims to help students understand the management of people in organisations operating across nations and cultures, from both an employee and management perspective. The Module examines the factors that influence management of human resources and, how national business systems influence the HRM practices within multinational corporations. The module explores differences and similarities between HR practices of American, German and Japanese firms and then introduces students to the functional areas of international HRM such as: performance & reward management and, management of industrial relations.

Examine the origin and meanings of International Human Resource Management and the nature of the employment relationship and its management in comparative contexts.
Assess critically and comparatively the concept of Human Resource Management in Multinational Firms and Across Different National Business Systems.
Examine key Contemporary HRM policies and practices, such as recruitment, selection, training and reward and performance management in Multinational Firms.
Provide informed up-to-date comment and analysis on the implications of local/regional/global issues in relation to the management of human resources in international organisations, for example the emergence of Shareholder Capitalism and the current global economic and financial crises.
Identify and explain organisational impacts of international economic and business issues including social and political influences and legal requirements in people management.
Analyse the relevance of international employee mobility to global organisations and the appropriateness of various human resource strategies in the deployment of international personnel.

Teaching and learning methods

One hour lecture followed by parallel small numbers seminars