MMM081-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:
Co-requisites: MMM048 Managing People and Organisations or MMM122 Principles of Human Resource Management
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Chul Chung


Type of module:

Summary module description:

This is an advanced module focusing on the challenges and approaches in managing human resources in the multinational context, based on an understanding of basic concepts and practices in human resource management. Students will explore key issues and concepts and critically evaluate alternative approaches to the practices of human resource management in multinational organisations. Students will be expected to develop a sound resolution to real-world problems, working in an international team setting.

To prepare students to work internationally by equipping them with knowledge as to the choices made by multinational organisations and abilities to tackle complex problems with regard to managing their employees across different countries.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the course students should be able to:

1. Understand key issues, concepts and approaches in managing human resources in multinational organisations.

2. Critically evaluate alternative approaches in managing human resources in multinational organisations.

3. Develop a sound resolution to deal with issues in managing human resources in multinational organisations.

Additional outcomes:

The course also aims to:

1. Give students considering a career in human resource management a critical appreciation of the challenges of managing human resources in international context.

2. Develop skills required for international working via practical group work in multi-cultural teams. 

Outline content:

1. The global challenges in MNEs

2. International HRM strategies of MNEs

3. Developing global workforces: global staffing and talent management

4. Optimising HRM practices in MNEs

5. Developing global capabilities in MNEs: creating and sharing knowledge, and cultural integration in MNEs

6. Managing expatriation

7. Organising global HRM functions

8. Global labour regulations and MNEs' responses

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The material will be covered through a combination of lectures, case studies, group exercises and tutorials. A strong emphasis will be placed on student participation in cross-cultural group work, as the cross-cultural nature of the student body is used as a learning resource, by requiring students to work in cross-cultural groups and to reflect on their experiences.
In case studies during lectures, companies’ approach to IHRM will be presented and discussed to provide an opportunity to learn from real examples. Group exercises are based on set tests or exercises designed to enable team-based learning. In tutorials students work in small groups on specific tasks with regard to problems in a case organisation to prepare a group presentation.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 3
Guided independent study 177
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 30
Oral assessment and presentation 20
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

1. Class test: 50% - a mix of multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions (in week 29).

2. Individual written assignment: 30% - 1500 word (minimum 1350 and maximum 1650 words) essay on a case-based problem solving exercise (in week 26).

3. Group presentation: 20% - a case-based problem solving exercise -  Students will be assigned to groups of 5-7 members. Each group will be required to make a presentation of their group work done in the tutorial sessions (in week 30).

Relative percentage of coursework: Coursework has a 100% weight in the overall assessment of the module.

Upper limit of word count: A word count of 10% excess is allowed for the written assignments. Exceeding the word count will attract a penalty whereby written work beyond the 10% excess is discounted in the grading of the assignment.

Formative assessment methods:

Feedback on the class tests and individual written assignment will be given to improve performance in the next assessment.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
The pass mark is 50%+.

Reassessment arrangements:
By individual test only

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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