Human Resource Management in an International Context

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Resource Management in an International Context

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Human Resources, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Introductory study of HRM

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module considers the issues concerning managing people in an international
    context. Students will identify the human resource challenges and opportunities that face
    international enterprises and how national and regional differences in political, economic
    and social contexts impact on the employment relationship, and evaluate international
    human resource management in a range of operational areas.

    In addition to analyzing the impacts of the global context on managing people, the
    module compares human resource management in different countries/regions such as
    USA, Europe and Asia, and explores the relationship between national context and HRM
    systems and practices.

    Topics covered include:

    Autumn Semester:
    ? Introducing HRM and the global context
    ? National cultures and institutions
    ? HR Strategy and the Multinational Corporation (MNCs)
    ? Staffing in the multinational corporations
    ? International assignment and management
    ? HR and labour relations issues in the international context such as employee
    voice and employee relations.
    ? Corporate social responsibility and labour standards.

    Spring Semester:
    ? HRM in developing countries
    ? Comparative HRM systems in different countries, e.g. The USA, China, South
    Africa, Scandinavia and Germany.

    Teaching: Lectures, tutorials and workshops

    ? Exam (60%)
    ? Coursework: Group Essay (25%)
    ? Coursework: Group presentation and summary of evidence (15%)
    STUDY OPTION 2 Group assignment
    STUDY OPTION 3 Group assignment

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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