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NBS8387 : HRM in Cross-National Contexts

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martí Lopez Andreu
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module has been designed to prepare students for their academic studies and a professional career in HR. It is primarily concerned with students’ personal understanding of how the role of the HR practitioner is influenced by the varying types of employment systems across the globe. As such, it underpins, integrates and consolidates students’ learning and experience on the MSc Global Human Resource Management programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus includes the following topics relevant to a clear appreciation of comparative employment systems, all of which will be considered within different national contexts;

Varieties of capitalism
Employment Relations across the world
Welfare state regimes and HRM
MNEs - host country and home country effects
HRM in different regions of the world

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00PiP lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00PIP lecture
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Estimated based on 3 hours per teaching week (not necessarily to do in that week)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PIP Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study119:0019:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module combines formal lectures with practical seminars to give students knowledge and understanding about key issues and to allow students to apply them in practical tasks, thereby fostering formal learning in class as well as self-directed independent and peer learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 words individual assignment
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance2MStudents receive formative feedback from other students and the module tutor in the seminars.
Case study2MStudent understanding is formatively assessed through the use of case studies and other activities
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment task has been designed to ensure that students have a strong grasp of the content covered on the module and also to establish that students can work independently. The assessment ensures that the students can display a clear understanding of the varieties of capitalism literature underpinning comparative employment systems. It also affords students the opportunity to display their understanding by developing the basis for HR policies and strategies when an organisation is entering a new location.

Reading Lists