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Postgraduate Course: Multinational Enterprises & Comparative Employment Relations (CMSE11556)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to provide students with an integrated overview of the key challenges underpinning international HRM - that is, how the world of employment relations is becoming increasingly internationalised while differences in the employment systems of different countries continue to persist.
Course description This course unit has the objectives of enabling students to understand and explain:

1. The implications of the growing internationalisation of business and trade both for the human resource policies of companies and for the organisation of labour and employers;

2. The characteristic features of country systems of employment and industrial relations across a range of principally developed, and to an extent, less developed countries;

3. How country differences in employment systems shape and constrain human resource policies of multinational companies;

4. The various ways multinational companies manage labour to meet complex cross-national operations in the production and delivery of goods and services;

5. The challenges to labour posed by the increasing presence of multinational companies.

Student learning experience:
The course is taught using more traditional content-based lectures, individual and small group flipped classroom activities, and assessed groupwork (based on organisational case analysis) presentations.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 75 %, Practical Exam 25 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 75% coursework (individual) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
25% presentation (group) - assesses all course Learning Outcomes
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessments within agreed deadlines.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Be able to discern and analyse critically the chief institutional and cultural premises underpinning managerial approaches to HR/employment relations;
  2. Identify the range of internal/micro-political and external/environmental factors impacting HRM in multinational firms;
  3. Demonstrate ability to understand and synthesise a wide range of complex issues in the field of international HRM and comparative employment relations;
  4. Demonstrate skills of comparative analysis of national employment/industrial relations systems;
  5. Display in written, and oral, work developing abilities to digest, synthesise and critically evaluate contrasting perspectives from the literature in reaching sustainable/practical conclusions.
Reading List
Lucio, M. M. (Ed.). (2013). International human resource management: An employment relations perspective. Sage.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 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.

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 quality.

Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

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.
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Course organiserDr Ji-Won Song
Course secretaryMr Sean Reddie
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
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