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The individual at work and globalisation

Stage 3, optional (compulsory for Human Resource Management pathway)

Topics of work attitudes, identity at work, issues of work design including teamwork, contemporary communication at work, managing well-being at work and work-life balance, and individual career management are examined in this course.

The psychological and behavioural aspects, contemporary theory and empirical studies of these topics are analysed to provide an overview of practice and potential interventions. New employment practices adopted by established and emerging multinational firms will also be compared and assessed through case studies.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • Attitudes
  • Identity at work
  • Communication at work
  • Teamwork and virtual teams
  • Job design and remote work
  • Stress at work
  • Work-life balance
  • Careers 1 and careers 2


  • Capitalism, nations and globalisation
  • The nature of work, labour process theory and globalisation
  • Employment relations – from Fordism to neo-liberalism, waged labour to entrepreneurs
  • Globalisation and labour conflict
  • Fair trade, value chains and problems of regulation along value chains
  • New mass service jobs – call centres, distribution centres and retail work
  • Creative labour – managing creative labour
  • Digital work and digital workers – the web as a globalised space for sourcing workers
  • International mobility - managers with no nationality?
  • Professionals and international employment agencies

Learning outcomes

  • Critically assess a variety of contemporary issues with respect to individual and group behaviour at work
  • Critically evaluate a range of theoretical approaches to understanding individual and group processes
  • Critically evaluate and utilise different methods through which our knowledge and understanding of these topics may be developed
  • Critically assess comparative changes in work organisation and employment relations in the established and emerging economies
  • Critically assess the implications of a more integrated global labour market to work organisation, employment relations and national labour market institutions
  • Critically evaluate the research methods and approaches in the study of globalisation of work


  • Report [2500 words] (40%)
  • Three-hour written examination (60%)