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



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) Describe and analyse the three main perspectives to studying international HRM: cultural approaches, institutional approaches, and global HRM approaches.
2) Articulate and assess the convergence-divergence debate within IHRM, recognising the tensions between competing societal, institutional, and cultural forces which shape HRM at the national and global levels.
3) Critically evaluate empirical research evidence in key strategic areas of HRM: resourcing; reward; performance management; training and development; employee relations.
4) Apply knowledge of the theory and practice of international HRM to contemporary issues in HRM such as multi-nationals, global mobility, global talent management.

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)

Teaching and learning activity

Lectures including guest speakers from HR profession
Tutorials, including student-led activities
Embedded course reader


Essay: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 & 2.

Report: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 3 & 4.

FORMATIVE assessment (essay) supporting student learning: one-to-one or small group feedback where tutor looks at a 1-page summary/outline of essay. (report) Small group presentation where students present their ideas and tests their arguments. Tutor will provide feedback for students to take forward to their final report.