Globalisation and International HRM

Module code: HRMG 3203

Module description

This module examines how global capitalism is challenging established patterns of work and employment in different parts of the world. It enables students to develop a critical, theoretically informed understanding of how and why employment practices vary across countries and how national employment systems are affected by pressures generated by globalization.

The module looks at employment systems of countries such as China, India, US, Germany and Japan and the role and impact of different national contexts on the changing nature of human resource management. As multinational firms from these countries internationalise, the HRM strategies and practices of multinational corporations become critical and have major implications for labour and ethical issues along with the issue of 'transfer' of HRM practices from one country to another. The practical focus is on the systems of recruitment, remuneration, training, corporate social responsibility and the management of diversity as key human resource functions.

Learning outcomes include a critical understanding of 'Globalisation'. Ability to analyse and evaluate how national institutional and cultural differences shape employment practices. Ability to construct a critical analysis of the role of MNCs. To understand and examine the concept of IHRM and the processes involved in constructing IHRM strategies and practices with implications for ethical issues.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Lectures: 24 hours
  • Tutorials: 8 hours


  • Individual essay brief/outline (500 words): 20%
  • Individual essay (1500 words): 80%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books