BA2090 Human Resource Management

Topics covered

  • Outline the main differences between International and Comparative HRM and provide an analytical framework for thinking about these differences.
  • The nature of strategy and structure in MNCs. 
  • The country-of-origin effect and its repercussions 
  • The theory that host countries of the branches of MNCs have more of an impact on them than that of the home country or of the organisation as a whole
  • Different approaches to the analysis of contemporary capitalism and considers what role they allocate to the business organisation.
  • Examines the HRM practices of US-based MNCs. 
  • The business and HRM systems of the United Kingdom 
  • ‘social-democratic’ model of HRM 
  • Social policy within the European Union (EU)
  • The challenges and on-going developments in the management of people in Africa.
  • The contemporary developments in the management of people in the Asian region.
  • The nature of Japanese HRM and the impact of Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) and subsidiary formation on the question of transferring home country practices overseas. 
  • British fieldwork into a cluster of Japanese subsidiaries and the problems they encountered during their establishment and maturity in regard to their human resource management operations.
  • The role the nationality of the parent firm takes in shaping the integration process.
  • Expatriates
  • Business ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility ( CSR ) 
  • The directive on European works councils (EWCs)
  • The international aspects of recruitment and selection
  • The issues involved in developing performance appraisal and compensation systems for international managers.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Understand the implications of changes in the global organisation of firms and the international workforce for HRM policy choices
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the key analytical concepts and models in international HRM
  • Assess the principal comparisons and contrasts of the business and human resource systems in the UK and the USA, Germany and Japan.
  • Evaluate the different approaches to and strategies for HRM in international business activities, and their impact on employees
  • Evaluate the problems of transferring HRM practices from one country to another and the role of MNCs as agents of knowledge transfer.


This module is assessed by a three hour unseen written examination.

Essential reading

  • International Human Resource Management, 3rd Ed. (Harzing & Pinnington)