International Human Resource Management

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Human Resource Management

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Human Resources, International Management

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Minimum 24 credits of study completed

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course has a Prerequisite requirement which means you MUST successfully complete the listed course or requirement/s BEFORE enrolling in this course. If you have enrolled in the course without meeting this requirement you MUST WITHDRAW immediately or contact the Program Director if you believe you have extenuating circumstances. It is our experience that students who have not completed the prerequisite course struggle to complete the course and often Fail as a result. It is your responsibility to have any Transfer Credit appearing on your academic transcript before enrolling. This course provides an opportunity to students to explore international dimensions of the core aspects of Human Resource Management, such as linkage with international business strategy and structure, recruitment, compensation and reward management, training and development, performance management, and industrial relations.
    Course Introduction
    Welcome to International Human Resource Management (3009EHR), a course central to understanding the functioning of people management in globally integrated business. Beginning with the macro analysis of the international business environment, the course proceeds to explore the organisational challenges of developing HRM practices that are globally integrated, locally responsive and internationally competitive. The focus then shifts to examine the nature and importance of strategic HRM in the international context. At the micro level, each of the core functions of International HRM, namely, recruitment, rewards management, training and development, performance management and industrial relations, are examined and compared and contrasted with domestic HRM practices. Some current issues will also be examined in class through case studies that address issues including the convergence/divergence debate, the foreign vs. local staffing debate, women expatriates, joint venture issues and issues surrounding cross-cultural management. The content is designed to give students a clear picture of current practice issues and theories in the discipline of IHRM, knowledge of the current debates in the practice of IHRM, competence in the underlying skills of cross-cultural management and an appreciation of the history and future directions of the discipline. This breadth should prepare students to be confident practitioners of IHRM and/ or to be competent in dealing with international staffing issues.
    This course aims to develop the professional skills of future managers in the areas of international human resource management and cross-cultural management. Business managers require skills, knowledge and strategies for effective functioning in the global marketplace. This course develops these areas in managing the important area of international human resources. As an advanced course, it is most suitable for third year students who have completed an introductory course in human resource management and who have some basic understanding of how national culture and the international environment affect business. Students who are not completing the HRM major will benefit from understanding how to effectively manage, recruit, select, develop and compensate people operating in global organisations.
    This course provides an opportunity for students to explore international dimensions of the core aspects of human resource management, such as alignment with international business strategy and structure, recruitment, reward management, training and development, performance management, and industrial relations.
    All assessment items must be attempted.
    Any requests for extension/special consideration need to be on the specified form (see the section on policies) and include documentation.
    Course Aims
    The overall purpose of this course is to provide students with the requisite theoretical frameworks and practical application to understand the global functioning of business from a people management perspective. This course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of:
    the major differences between domestic and international HRM,
    the organisational context for IHRM,
    strategic IHRM,
    international labour relations,
    the functions of recruitment and selection, training, performance management, compensation, and the employment relationship in global operations.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in international human resource management
    2 Show an understanding of how the international context and culture affect the core functions of human resource management
    3 Demonstrate an ability to effectively analyse international human resource management problems and develop appropriate strategies to solve these problems
    4 Have competence in the basic cross-cultural knowledge necessary for effective international human resource management
    5 Critically analyse of literature/theories in international human resource management with reference to practice

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Presentation - technical or professional
    Group Presentation


    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Literature Review


    Exam - constructed response
    Final Exam


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.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.