International Human Resource Management (IHRM)

Module summary

Module code: INDU1130
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Business Faculty
Department: Human Res and Organisational Beh
Module Coordinator(s): Scott Tindal


Pre and co requisites



The course focuses on contemporary HRM topics within a cross-cultural, comparative and international context, such as HRM in multi-nationals, global mobility and global talent management. This course aims to outline the background and the main theoretical frameworks for the study of IHRM; and introduce the broad functional areas of HRM, and how they interact through strategy.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge of the main theoretical frameworks influencing HRM practice; the importance of the integration of HRM practices with corporate strategy; and the external and internal factors that have an impact on HRM strategy
2 Critically evaluate best practice in the key strategic areas of HRM; resourcing, reward, performance management, training and development, and employee relations, and the ways in which these areas are interconnected
3 Apply knowledge of international and comparative aspects of HRM to contemporary issues in HRM, such as multi-nationals, global mobility and global talent management.
4 Synthesise, compare, and critically analyse key concepts, theories and practices relating to the key strategic elements of HRM
5 Critically evaluate how each of the key strategic elements of HRM can contribute and add value to the organisation
6 Assess how the main tasks of HR professionals and managers are interrelated with each other, and related to corporate strategy.

Indicative content

Conceptual approaches to international HRM
Strategic HRM
HR Functions and HR competences
Contemporary issues in HR, including globalisation
Global talent and Knowledge management
Global HRM, the role of Multinational Companies (MNCs) and the rise of Transnational Companies (TNCs)