MMD004-International Business and International Human Resource Management

Module Provider: International Business and Strategy
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Chul Chung

Type of module:


Summary module description:

This course is intended for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. This is an advanced course focusing on the key academic debates with regard to the issues in managing human resources in the multinational enterprises (MNEs) with an understanding of cross-national differences in HRM. 


The course aims at:  


•Providing an overview of academic debates in international human resource management with a critical review of influential literature in the field. 


•Providing an awareness of HRM issues and practices in contemporary MNEs to prepare researchers for doing work which is relevant to the practice of management 

•Developing some practical skills, namely through preparing and making brief presentations, and being actively involved in class discussion. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

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

•Understand key issues and concepts related to comparative HRM and management of human resources in the multinational enterprises 

•Critically evaluate various approaches in managing human resources in multinational organisations 



Additional outcomes:

Students will develop their presentation and discussion skills through preparing and making brief presentations. 

Outline content:

The course consists of a number of sessions. During each session there will be a lecture with class discussion. Each class participant will also have the opportunity to present his/ her own PhD research outline and should prepare 10-15 minutes, max. 10 slide presentation for this purpose.? 


The course will address the following topics: 

•Comparative HRM: cultural and institutional theories 

•Co mparative HRM practices 

•International HRM strategy? 

•Knowledge, global capabilities and HRM in MNEs 

•Global staffing and expatriation 

•Expatriate management 

•Transfer of HRM practices in MNEs 

•Organising the global HRM function in MNEs 

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The sessions will be a mixture of lectures, class discussions. Participants will be given opportunity to give a presentation of their PhD research 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (directed) 44
    Essay preparation 40
Total hours by term 0 0
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

The 5000 words assessed report will be on a topic in International HRM covered in the course. The report should include a critical review of the literature on the chosen topic and outline a future research opportunity. This report can be submitted at any time up to 1 July of the academic year and the assessment process will be completed within one month of submission.

Formative assessment methods:

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: 


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. 


Assessment requirements for a pass:
A minimum mark of 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Essay resubmission by 1st October in the year when the assignment was due. 


Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
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: 20 May 2021


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