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Unit information: International Human Resource Management in 2021/22

Unit name International Human Resource Management
Unit code EFIMM0157
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2D (weeks 19 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ayetuoma
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

Pathway unit for MSc Management (International Human Resource Management)

This unit explores key features of international human resource management (IHRM), namely:

(i) cross-cultural management,

(ii) comparative employment relations and HRM, and

(iii) the HR practices of Multinational (MNC) organisations including Emerging Market MNCs.

The first approach focusses on the deep-seated cultural values that organisations need to recognise if they are to management people effectively in different countries. The second highlights how differences between nations, most notably institutions such as the body of local employment law, education systems, trade unions, employer associations and the like, will influence management practice in general and the management of human resources. The third approach focuses on key areas of HR practices that influence the performance of Multinational organisations, such as Global resourcing and Talent Management, Training and Development, Performance and Rewards strategies, Workforce agility and HR practices in Emerging Market MNCs e.g. Africa, China, Middle East, Latin America amongst others.

The overall aims of this unit are to:

• Evaluate and apply the theories of different kind of human resource management practices used in international organisations
• Assess and identify the potential challenges in managing international human resources
• Analyse critically the internal and external contextual issues of cross-cultural management, comparative employment relations and the international human resource practices of Multinational organisations

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the process of managing human resources in organisations at the local, national and international levels as applied to real world examples
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the context of international human resource management, including the strategies and structure of firms, the institutions of host and home countries, the international regulatory environment, and international trade unionism and the new social movements
  • Review and critically evaluate the effectiveness of international human resource management, the impact of cultural values, legal origins and institutional effects
  • Critically appraise the effectiveness of human resource management practices across borders
  • Apply and evaluate social, economic and political theories to questions pertinent to the management of human resources in an international context
  • Read and interpret theoretical and research-based literature on international human resource management and demonstrate an ability to communicate such information effectively
  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate and formulate policies relating to the management of workforces in international organisations, including conformance to international laws, norms and standards

Teaching Information

The Unit combines Lecture and Small Group teaching approaches. Lectures (approximately two-thirds of contact hours) will have the principal purpose of introducing the content of the course, including vocabulary, concepts, theories, perspectives, practices, and trends. The classes are based on ‘real life’ organisational experiences where students will be exposed to practical issues facing managers in contemporary organisations. A variety of teaching methods will be drawn from in the classes, including discussions based on readings and student experiences; case study work involving analysis, problem-solving and decision-making; group and individual exercises; presentations, discussion, and debates.

Assessment Information


Combination of individual and group task assignments focused on selected international human resource management issues and related challenges. Students will be required to use the relevant academic and practitioner-focused literatures to justify relevance and currency of selected issue and will be assessed using the following criteria on which feedback will be received:
• ability to identify, explain and evaluate relevant issues
• ability to explain and discuss relevant theory
• ability to apply theory to practice
• critical writing skills
Formative assessment covering: ILOs 1,3,5,6

Summative: (60% of overall unit mark)

1 x 3,000 individual word case study assignment, which will be provided in class and on Blackboard. The assignment is intended to provide you with the foundation for applying what students learn in class to real world examples. This includes the capacity to translate research evidence into recommendations for human resource management practice.

Summative: (40% of overall unit mark)

1 group project including a 2,500 word group report and a 20-minute presentation to their tutor. A group mark will be awarded and apply to all group members. Participation and individual contributions will be assured and assessed through group journals, formative feedback and assessment, peer contributions and questioning individuals during the group presentation. A conflict identification and warning system for individuals not fully contributing will run and those students who are not contributing to the group work will not receive the group mark.

Summative assessment (both) covering: ILOs 1-7


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.