MM340-International Human Resource Management

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Rita Fontinha


Summary module description:
This module examines how practices of managing human resources could be different across countries and explores companies’ approaches to managing their human resources in an international business context.

To introduce students to key concepts for understanding international human resource management, to explore the practice of managing human resources in international businesses and to consider variations in the practice of managing human resources in different countries and cultures.

Assessable learning outcomes:
1. Identify and appraise the main approaches to international human resource management
2. Understand national influences on the practices of human resource management
3. Identify tensions and dilemmas in managing human resources in international business context
4. Understand human resource management approaches used by multinational enterprises
5. Critically evaluate the societal effects of human resource management practices of multinational enterprises and other organisations

Additional outcomes:
The course also aims to give students opportunities to develop cultural awareness through practical experience of, and reflection on, working in cross-cultural groups. Students are encouraged to develop and apply creative as well as critical thinking.

Outline content:
1. Introduction to IHRM & the global challenge
2. IHRM strategy: modes of global integration and local responsiveness in IHRM
3. National culture and cross-cultural integration
4. Global staffing
5. Global talent management
6. Expatriate management
7. Developing global leaders
8. Diffusion of HRM practices in MNEs
9. Managing a global HR function
10. Global labour regulation & corporate social responsibility

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The material will be covered through a combination of lectures, and tutorials, where different case studies will be analysed. A strong emphasis will be placed on student participation and on activities and discussions in the classroom. In case studies during lectures, companies’ approach to HRM will be presented and discussed to provide an opportunity to learn from real examples. In tutorials students will work in small groups through activities designed to increase their understanding of the core topics outlined above, including learning by doing and using creative problem-solving techniques.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22 2
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study 124 48
Total hours by term 150.00 50.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:
One piece of written work of 2,500 words. Students will be required to make recommendations about a firm's approach to managing its human resources in international context with reference to the academic literature.

Relative percentage of coursework:
Coursework has a weight of 30% in the final assessment mark. Penalties for late submission of coursework will be in line with University policy.

One 2-hour unseen written paper with a weight of 70% in the overall assessment of the module

Formative assessment methods:
Feedback on group presentations:
Students as a group will be required to present their discussion outcomes in tutorials and feedback on the presentations will be given to improve the performance of coursework.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A weighted average mark of coursework and examination of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By written examination only. Re-examination for Finals takes place in September of the same year.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: ISBN – 9780071078948
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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