International Human Resource Management (in English) -- Spring Semester Only

Universidad Pablo de Olavide

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Human Resource Management (in English) -- Spring Semester Only

  • Host University

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Human Resources, Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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  • Overview

    Course Description

    This course aims to provide a review of International HRM, and an understanding of its complexity and relevance. This course focuses on the challenges companies may face in an international context, analyzing theoretical frameworks and policies, programs, and practices implemented. This course will be taught both online and on-site (except for those few who will follow this whole course online). 


    Course Goals and Methodology

    The main objectives of the course are to enable you to  

    1. Know the differences between Domestic HR practices and International HRM practices.

    2. Understand the additional complexity of HRM in an international context.

    3. Understand the importance of International HRM to organizations.

    4. Be able to identify some of the key features of HR challenges facing organizations working internationally.  

    5. Understand the impact of the culture in IHRM

    6. Understand other issues involved when managing people worldwide.  

    The means to attain these objectives include a thorough study of class notes, slides, case analysis and discussion of current events, students’ presentations, and in-class small group discussions.  

    Learning Objectives

    Through this course, students will:

    • Define basic concepts from the field of IHRM.

    • Understand the complexity and the relevance of HRM practices within the context of a multinational environment.

    • Recognize and value cultural differences, and the impact of culture on HRM.

    • Design and evaluate best practices adapted to a different context.  



    Basic texts

    - Reiche, Stahl, Mendenhall & Oddou (2017). Readings and Cases in International Human Resource Management. Sixth Edition. Routledge: NY and London.

     - Nkomo, S.M., Fottler, M.D., & McAfee, R.B. (2016). Human Resource Management Applications: cases, exercises, incidents and skill builders, 7th Edition. South-Western Cengage Learning: USA.  

    - Brewster, C., Sparrow, P., and Vernon, G. (2009) International Human Resource Management. (2nd edition), CIPD House, 151, The Broadway, London, SW19 1JQ.

    - Jackson, T. (2009).  International HRM: A cross-cultural approach, Sage Publications: London. 


    Course Requirements and Grading

    Your final grade will be calculated as follows:

    • Quizzes (20%)

    • Mid-term Exam (20%) 

    • Final Examination (20%)

    • Final Project (and presentation) (20%)*

    • Class participation (20%)

    All assignments, quizzes and examinations will be announced during the lessons. 


    Course Contents


    • Defining HRM

    • Basics on HRM: HR departments & HR managers, Functions and practices.

    • Defining IHRM

    • Differences between domestic and international HRM  


    • Concept

    • Elements of culture

    • Cultural Environment and HRM: Culture´s dimensions; Individual perspectives.  

    UNIT III:  Expatriates:

    • International approaches to HRM  

    • Expatriates. Global careers.  


     • Planning on HRM

    • Recruitment and Selection

    • Training and Development 


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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