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Global Human Resource and Diversity Management

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Academic Direction
Birkbeck, University of London
Modes of Study

This is a central module on the MSc degree programmes in HRM offered by Birkbeck College, Departments of Management and Organisational Psychology (face-to-face version) and Department of Organisational Psychology (distance learning version).

Topics covered

  • The theory and practice of human resource management at the international level
  • Working with other cultures and values
  • The practice of HRM in multi-national firms
  • Including performance management and training
  • International regulation and governance

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the theory and practice in the study of international human resource management.
  • be familiar with the approaches to HRM in a number of countries and to understand their similarities and differences.
  • have a better grasp of the specific issues involved in working with people from other cultures and countries.
  • understand the specific issues involved in HRM in multi-national firms, including performance and pay, training and development, and diversity and well-being.


One two-hour unseen written examination.

Essential reading

  • Harzing, A-W and Pinnington, A H (2011) International Human Resource Management, 3rd edition, London: Sage Singer, P (1993).
  • Bamber, G, Lansbury, R. & Wailes, N. (eds) (2011) International and Comparative Employment Relations, 5th edition, London: Sage.
  • Brewster, C, Sparrow, P and Vernon, G (2007) International Human Resource Management (see also more recent edition 2011), London: CIPD.
  • Katz, H and Darbishire, O (2000) Converging Divergences: Worldwide Changes in Employment Systems, Ithaca: ILR Press.