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Module Title LM International Human Resource Management
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 37330
Module Lead Benjamin Hopkins
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Description This module explores theory and practice of international human resource management (IHRM) with an emphasis on how external and internal environmental factors shape HR policies and strategies in cross-border company operations. This specialist module builds on previous learning, it provides up-to-date information on the relative benefits of HRM programmes in headquarters, subsidiaries and associated companies in different cultural, institutional and organizational contexts. By doing so, this module allows students to further develop their knowledge and understanding of two core pillars of HRM function: resourcing organisations (recruitment & selection), and reward at work. Overall, this module covers theory and practice in these two core pillars of HRM function and, where appropriate, guest speakers, practical exercises and simulations as well as research-led academic insights and perspectives will be included.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Critically analyse origin and meanings of International Human Resource Management and the management of the employment relationship in cross-border company operations.
  • Assess critically and comparatively the concept of Human Resource Management in Multinational Companies (MNCs) across different national business systems.
  • Analyse the relevance of international employee mobility to MNCs and the appropriateness of various human resource strategies in the deployment of international personnel.
  • Examine key contemporary HRM policies and practices, such as recruitment, selection, training, and reward and performance management in MNCs.
  • Provide informed up-to-date comment and analysis on the implications of local/regional/global socio-economic, political and business issues in relation to the management of human resources in MNCs and needs of internal and external stakeholders/customers.
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
2000-word individual essay (50%)
2000-word individual report (50%)

2000-word individual essay (50%)
2000-word individual report (50%)
Reading List