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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: School of Management Short Name: M015
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: GOOD BW Dr (SoM)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
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Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)

Group assignment


2 Hour Examination


Module Overview
The content of the International HRM module maps onto the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) International HRM module and forms part of an integrated programme of study accredited by the CIPD for Graduate membership. The syllabus extends the subject matter of the Managing Human Resources module into the international arena and exposes students to the intercultural aspects of people management.


Module Aims

The aims of this module are to provide participants with an understanding of the management of human resources in an international context, to examine the political and economic factors which influence the decision-making processes of multinational organizations, and the way these affect HR strategies and policies.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify and evaluate the challenges of cross-cultural management to organizations  
  • Analyze the theoretical perspectives regarding potential challenges associated with expatriate employees and propose suitable strategies  
  • Critically evaluate the differences between domestic and international HRM
  • Diagnose individual and organizational development needs and propose strategies for organisational development
Module Content
  • International HRM in context and managing cultural diversity in multinational organizations  
  • International employee resourcing in context  
  • Recruitment strategies in multinational organizations  
  •  Managing expatriation and repatriation  
  • International performance management/rewarding international employees  
  • International human resource development       
  • Comparative employment law
  • International employee relations
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Teaching and learning methods include: 

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Case study workshops
  • Self-directed learning
  • Reading
  • ULearn
Selected Texts/Journals


Dowling, P.J., Festing, M. and Engle, A.D.(2008) International Human Resource Management (5ed), Thomson, ISBN:978 1844 80542-6


Scullion, H. and Linehan, M. (2005) International Human Resource Management: A Critical Text, Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
Harris, H., Brewster, C. and Sparrow, P. (2003) International Human Resource Management, London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. ISBN: 0 85292 983 8
Harzing, A-W. and Ruysseveldt, J. (2004), International Human Resource Management, London : Sage Publications. ISBN: 0 76194 040 5
Schneider S. C. and Barsoux, J-L (2003) Managing Across Cultures, London : FT Prentice Hall., ISBN: 0 273 64663 X


Evans, P., Pucik, V. and Barsoux, J-L. (2002), The Global Challenge – Frameworks for International Human Resource Management, New York : Mc Graw Hill / Irwin. ISBN: 0 07 239730 6  

Jackson, T. (2002) International HRM: a cross-cultural approach, London : Sage Publications. ISBN: 0 7619 7404 0

Journal of Managerial Psychology (2003), Special Issue: The Management of Expatriates, Vol. 18 (3).

Other Indicative Reading 

Pacific Human Resource Management Journal

European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology

Human Resource Management 
International Journal of Human Resource Management 
International Journal of Manpower

Journal of Managerial Psychology













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