Human Resources Management and Development

School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

Lecturer: Adrian Campbell

Aim of the Module

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the theories, concepts and approaches relating to Human Resources Management and Development in an international context.

Globalization has raised the profile of international human resource management in two ways. Firstly, there are the changing patterns of coordination of human resources in international organizations, both public and private, with some aspects becoming more integrated worldwide, whilst other aspects are becoming more localised, together with a gradual shift from expatriate management to local management. Secondly there is the more widespread adoption of ‘international’ approaches to strategic human resources management, especially regarding performance, which may be problematic.

The module aims to provide students with an insight into these processes and the ability to engage with and solve HRM issues in an international context.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically analyse contemporary approaches to managing performance
  • Critically Discuss the differences between Strategic HRM and HRM
  • Explain how approaches to managing staff vary according to context
  • Carry out an HR consultancy analysis 
  • Design an appropriate HR strategy for your own organisation

Teaching and learning approach

The module will be delivered using a range of teaching and learning methods in a highly participatory environment, including interactive lectures, group discussions, student presentations, case studies, videos and invited speakers.

Topics covered include:

  • From personnel management to Human Resources Management (HRM)
  • Strategic HRM and 'talent management'
  • International HRM and Globalization
  • HRM and the Public Sector worldwide
  • Performance Management, Culture and Motivation
  • HRM, National Cultures and International Organizations
  • Cases in Public Sector SHRM (with outside speaker)
  • Global HRM (with outside speaker)
  • Case study analysis in international HRM
  • Review and presentations (and local HRM visit)


  • One 3,000 word essay and one 3,000 word case study analysis

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.