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Course Details in 2020/21 Session

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Module Title LM International Human Resource Management
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 18967
Module Lead Dr Christina Niforou
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None

This module introduces students to the 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. In particular, it assesses the relative benefits of HRM programmes in headquarters, subsidiaries and associated companies in different cultural, institutional and organisational contexts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • examine the origin and meanings of International Human Resource Management and the nature of the employment relationship and its management in comparative context;
  • assess critically and comparatively the concept of Human Resource Management in Multinational Firms and Across Different National Business Systems;
  • examine key Contemporary HRM policies and practices, such as recruitment, selection, training and reward and performance management in Multinational Firms;
  • provide informed up-to-date comment and analysis on the implications of local/regional/global issues in relation to the management of human resources in international organisations, for example the emergence of Shareholder Capitalism and the current global economic and financial crises;
  • identify and explain organisational impacts of international economic and business issues including social and political influences and legal requirements in people management;
  • analyse the relevance of international employee mobility to global organisations and the appropriateness of various human resource strategies in the deployment of international personnel;
  • assess the contribution made by HRM and HRD specialists in MNCs of different nationalities;
  • understand, analyse and critically evaluate contemporary organizations and their principal environments;
  • understand, analyse and critically evaluate how organizational and HR strategies are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors;
  • understand, analyse and critically evaluate globalization and international forces and they shape and impact on organizational and HR strategies and HR practices;
  • understand, analyse and critically evaluate the impact of local, national and global contexts - shaping employment and industrial relations climates;
  • critically assess and evaluate approaches to the development of leadership and management in international and global contexts.
Assessment 18967-01 : Individual Assignment : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2,000 word individual assignment (100%) (main & reassessment)
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