MWM3IHRM-Managing International HRM

Module Provider: Henley Business School
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: MWM021 Managing People or MMM122 Principles of Human Resource Management
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Houldsworth


Summary module description:
International HRM (IHRM) examines the way in which international organisations manage their people in the different national contexts in which they operate. Traditionally much of our understanding of IHRM has been based on the study of multinationals, the main institutions for delivering international business, although this provides us with quite limited insight into the challenges that have to be managed. Globalisation as a concept is widely deployed, but often differently understood, with different effects inside organisations and there tends to be an overstatement of the real current levels of globalisation within multinationals. The topic of IHRM has emerged as a separate area of study to address this.

The International Human Resource Management (HRM) elective is designed for practising managers to enable them to understand better the challenges of managing human resources in an increasingly global environment. It provides the theoretical foundation of key constructs used in IHRM.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that programme members should be able to:
•define the impact of globalisation on the management of people
•outline a theoretical framework for understanding the forces that make management practices more similar worldwide and those, such as culture and context, which ensure that differences remain
•conceptualise better their pre-existing and future experiences as international employees or managing international teams

Additional outcomes:
• Effectively organize, plan, and work towards the completion of their studies.
• Understand and apply the principles of critical analysis.
• Communicate their analysis effectively through a written report.
• Appropriately apply IHRM theory into practice.

Outline content:
The module has three sections:
- Comparative HRM theory: key theoretical frameworks of globalisation, internationalisation and regionalism and other factors such as institutional theory. The debates of universalism vs contextual, convergence vs divergence, globally integrated vs locally adaptive. The importance of context in understanding IHRM..
- Comparative HRM in practice: understanding the impact of location, culture, varieties of capitalism etc. on different elements of HR practice through a comparative lens with a focus on communication and employee relations, reward, performance management and training and development.
- International HRM theory and practice: internationalisation in terms of ethnocentric, polycentric, geocentric or regiocentric. Global integration vs local adaptation. Managing expatriates.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The primary learning transmission will be through self-study. Participants will receive learning materials online, which will consist of a study guide and a practice application document. An assignment brief is also provided.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Guided independent study 100
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
At the completion of the module, programme members will be required to submit an individual written assignment. (approx. 3,500 words)

Formative assessment methods:
Not applicable.

Penalties for late submission:

These are in accordance with the programme specification.
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.

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:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
The pass mark for the individual assignment is 50%

Reassessment arrangements:
Programme Members who fail an assessment may re-submit.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 21 December 2016

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