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BUS3065 : International Human Resource Management

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Benjamin Bader
  • Lecturer: Dr Sawlat Zaman
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 120 student places

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide students with a broad critical understanding of the variety of responses being made by employers, management, and the state in different national settings. To provide an opportunity for students to gain an in-depth knowledge of developments and issues in a particular regional or national setting. To equip students with frameworks which will enable them to engage in comparative analysis of HR/employment relations systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover six main areas:

Topic 1: Theoretical Perspectives in comparative and international HRM
Topic 2: Global Staffing and Expatriate Management
Topic 3: Global Careers and Modern HRM
Topic 4: International HRM and the Human Mind
Topic 5: IHRM in Cross-Border Merger and Acquisition
Topic 6: Emerging Issues in HRM and the Global Value Chain

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion24:008:00Seminar preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00One two-hour lecture for each of the six main topic areas of the module as well as an introductory lecture to the topic, one final lecture summarizing everything.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion190:0090:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion141:0041:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Two small-group seminars accompanying the lectures.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities74:0028:00Guided reading for each main topic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Two three-hour case study workshops where students work in small groups on a given topic/case study. Max 30 students per workshop.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery13:003:00Drop in
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00Online Q&A drop-ins.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

To enable the students to assess international HRM theories and practices, with an emphasis on how people management across national borders works and how this is different to domestic HRM. An introductory lecture block will prepare students for what is to come before each main topic will be covered in one lecture. All lectures will also discuss the forms, effects, and contradictions of international HRM. These lectures will also explore how HRM is affected by "the people element", which is informed by a combination of organizational psychology and intercultural research. The whole lecture series also refers regularly to the different institutional environments in which the respective HRM takes place and accounts for the challenges and pitfalls of transferring HR practices that proved to be successful in one domestic setting into another country. Each lecture block and supporting activities will also enable the students to discuss the role of different stakeholders, experts, authorities and institutional arrangements in shaping the practice of international HRM. The workshops will be specifically useful here. Throughout the classes, students will be enabled to assess the possibilities and problems of alternative arrangements for managing people across borders by discussing various cases and examples. The lecture content will be very much research-informed, implementing the latest findings in international HRM into the class room.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A100This will include a 3500-word essay about an IHRM topic and practical difficulties related to that.
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
Written exercise1MBeginning of Semester: IFAT exercise with formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay will be handed in at the end of term and enables students to develop and demonstrate an advanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities that implementing international HRM strategies and practices represents. It will be supported by the content of the lectures, the case study workshops, as well as the seminars and the drop-in sessions.

Reading Lists