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International human resource management


This module examines practical examples and the latest research in human resource management (HRM).

The world is integrating as businesses locate cross-nationally, and employees and managers move through multinational companies from one country to another. Both the firm and Human Resource Management (HRM) are being spatially stretched.

This poses important questions for the management of human resources within the firm: are local or home-based management practices, or global practices, most suited to local workplaces?

Answers to these questions are critical to the future of work, as the future becomes a more regionalised if not globalised workplace. Standards and ideas are drawn from different sources and not just the nation state, all these issues are examined through practical examples and the latest research.

Main topics of the module include:

  • Introduction to international HRM
  • International staffing policy in multinational corporations (MNCs)
  • Organisational structures of multinational companies
  • Culture and IHRM
  • Skills, knowledge and organisational learning: national differences
  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions.


  • Multiple choice question tests (30%)
  • Online examination (70%)