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NBS8285 : Global Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martí Lopez Andreu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module provides a foundation for the in-depth study of global human resource management and development in theory and practice. It seeks to enable students to develop a detailed understanding of all key aspects of delivering effective HRM within local and global contexts, which will allow them to become effective HR practitioners in a variety of organisational settings. The emphasis is upon the development of a critical awareness of the theory and practice of HRM in a global context. Learning is supported by illustrative examples drawn for a wide variety of settings and a range of countries.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus covers key theories as well as practical applications of human resource management in a global context relating to:

The contested nature and meaning of HRM
HRM and business objectives
HRM strategies and orientations
Resourcing, talent management and development
Performance management
Reward, compensation and benefits
Employee engagement, motivation and commitment
The employment relationship
Ethical HRM

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00PIP
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion175:0075:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00seminars PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00On-line, synchronous and for the whole group, related to the assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Delivered to whole module as Q&A / moderated discussion (on-line).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module combines lectures with small group teaching to give students knowledge and understanding about key issues and to allow students to apply them, thereby fostering formal learning as well as self-directed independent and peer learning. The combination of the lectures and seminars enables both the theoretical underpinning as well as the applications of the learning outcomes to be delivered effectively.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Maximum of 3500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1Mprovide formative feedback on the students ideas for the individual assignment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment task has been designed to ensure that students have a strong grasp of the content covered in the module and also to establish that students can work independently. The assessment examines student’s knowledge of a broad range of global HRM issues.

Reading Lists