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Postgraduate Course: International HRM Policies and Practices (CMSE11285)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits15 ECTS Credits7.5
SummaryThe globalisation of business is having a significant impact on the management of human resources. It is more imperative than ever for organisations to engage in Human Resource Management on an international scale, rather than viewing it as a collection of domestic matters. This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of international human resource management (IHRM). Through a combination of readings, discussions, and written assignments, students will be exposed to various issues such as key ideas and concepts of IHRM, the relevant theories, and the various environments in which multinational companies (MNCs) operate.
Course description Today's business leaders must be able to make decisions and confront challenges in the field of HRM while working within and across different national and cultural environments. In addition to the core aims specified above, the course will review relevant theories, models and concepts in the areas of international management, organisational behaviour, cross-cultural management and other emerging disciplines, and study their implications on international HRM policies and practices. Application of the theories and concepts will be explored through lectures, discussions and case studies. The course will cover management issues that have implications on international HRM activities including: leadership, sustainability, teamwork and remote management, creating a high performance culture, and communication. The international HRM issues related to recruitment and retention, training and development, performance management, expatriation and repatriation, and career development will be discussed. Finally, future directions, challenges and developments in the field of international HRM will be explored.

Outline Content

-Introduction to international HRM
-International HRM challenges and approaches
-Global staffing and International assignment
-Culture and International HRM/ Cross-culture management
-Strategic International Human Resource Management
-Technology and global HRM
-Flexibility and work-life balance
-Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability through Ethical HRM Practices

Student Learning Experience

The course is taught using lectures, individual and small group flipped classroom activities and case analyses.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Available to MSc International Human Resource Management
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 150 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 127 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework (individual) - Assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessment within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and understanding of the globalisation phenomenon and associated debates concerning its impact upon HR and broader business practices
  2. An understanding of the main issues involved in the management of human resources in an international context
  3. Knowledge of human resource management policies and practices in multinational enterprises/different countries
  4. The capacity to review and develop management policy, practices and systems in the field of international human resource management
  5. Acquired skills in library-based research, team working and team discussion and in written presentations
Reading List
Dowling, P. J., Festing, M. and Engle, A. (2013) International Human Resource Management. London: Thomson. (6th Edition)

B. Sebastian Reiche, Anne-Wil Harzing and Helene Tenzer (Eds.). (2018). International Human Resource Management. London: SAGE.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Understand oneself and others, through critical reflection, diversity awareness and empathic development, in order to maximise individual and collective resilience, and personal and professional potential.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships.

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Cognitive Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate the use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to

Knowledge and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary organisational disciplines; comprehend the role of business within the contemporary world; and critically evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary research and sources of evidence in order to make, and present, well informed and transparent organisation-related decisions, which have a positive global impact.

Identify, define and analyse theoretical and applied business and management problems, and develop approaches, informed by an understanding of appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative techniques, to explore
and solve them responsibly.
Course organiserDr Ji-Won Song
Course secretaryMr Sean Reddie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
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