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HRM in a Global Context

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(BAM6004) International Human Resource Management

Version for Academic Year: 2013-14

20 Credits at HE6, UG Level 3
Module Type: Standard
Duration in Trimesters: 1. Trimester 3 Tuition: No
ECTS Value: 10
Marking Scheme: Numeric mark scheme (i.e. mark of 0-100)

Pass Mark

40%, The pass mark for this module is 40%. You must achieve an overall mark of 40%, with no item of assessment having a mark below 35%.

Delivery Type

This Module requires you to attend particular classes or events at particular times and in particular locations.

Pre-Requisites

None

Co-Requisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Module Outline

This module aims to provide you with an opportunity to focus your studies on the people dimension of international business and management. In the competitive global arena of the 21st century, people are seen as key to the success of the organisation in achieving competitive advantage. As such, the role of International Human Resource Management has become increasingly important. Organisations, wherever they are based, need to ensure that they have the right people, in the right place at the right time. This module will help you to think creatively and develop your understanding of how organisations deploy, develop and engage their people.

Bolton values: Taught (T), Developed (D) and Assessed (A).

Indicative Content

Number

Description

1

The difference between global Human Resource Management (HRM) and International HRM (IHRM)

2

The difference between global Human Resource Management (HRM) and International HRM (IHRM)

3

HRM and Contemporary Issues

4

Transnational companies

5

Managing Diversity

6

International HRM in practice

7

The context of ethics

8

Cultural issues in context including high and low context cultures

9

Organisational approaches to International HRM – polycentric, ethnocentric, geocentric and regiocentric

10

The complexities of reward

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Module you will be expected to be able to:

 

Description

1

Critically appraise the impact of culture on managerial decision making in relation to international human resource management.

2

Evaluate the management of people as a business resource integral to international organisational strategies.

3

Critically analyse the importance of international human resource management practices.

4

Display the ability to identify and synthesise key issues surrounding the management of human resources within a global context.

Learning And Teaching Strategy

The learning and teaching strategy will provide a variety of delivery methods that enable you to meet the learning outcomes for the module by use of mass lecture to impart academic theory, with seminar and small-class tutorial support utilising case studies, group activities, class discussions, individual tutorial sessions and specific tasks to guide independent study. Use will be made of applying social media to the learning environment utilising tools such as Etherpad and Twitter.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Method

KIS Category

Hours

Lecture

Scheduled

12

Seminar

Scheduled

24

Tutorial

Scheduled

12

Guided independent study

Independent

152

 

Summary

%

Scheduled

24

Independent

76

Placement

0

Formative Assessment Strategy

The formative assessment strategy aims to prepare you for summative assessment by clarifying, sharing and ensuring that you understand goals for learning and the criteria for success. This will be implemented through effective classroom discussions, activities and tasks. Verbal and written feedback will be offered that moves learning forward and activates you as owner of your own learning and as learning resources for one another. This will take place during seminar and tutorial activities with group and individual interaction with tutors. Methods used will include question and answer sessions, written questions/ exercises with short, extended or multiple- choice answers, case study workshops where you will work in groups and individually.

Summative Assessment Strategy

The summative assessment strategy is designed to enable you to meet the learning outcomes through two methods; one using traditional academic writing and one group assessment using oral skills.

Summative Assessments

Item

Final Item?

Assessment Method

KIS Category

Description

Learning Outcomes

Weighting %

001

No

Essay

Coursework

2,500 words

1 2

50

002

Yes

Oral assessment and presentation

Practical

20 minutes

3 4

50

 

Summary

%

Written Exam

0

Coursework

50

Practical

50

Learning Resources

Description

Bratton, J. and Gold,J. (2012) Human Resource Management Theory and Practice (5th ed.) Hampshire: Palgrave

Harzing,A. And Pinnington, A. (2011) International Human Resource Management (5th ed.) London: Sage

Johnson,D. And Turner,C. (2003) International Business. Themes and Issues in the Modern Global Economy London: Routledge

Kramar,R.and Syed,J. (2012) Human Resource Management in a Global Context - a Critical Approach Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan

Reilly,P.and Williams, T. (2012) Global HR: Challenges Facing the Function. Aldershoy: Gower

Schuler, R.S and Jackson, S.E. (2007) Strategic Human Resource Management (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell

The International Journal of HRM (e-journal)

International Journal of Human Resource Studies (e-journal)

Human Resource Management – International Digest (e-journal)

Chartered Institute for Personnel Development(www.cipd.co.uk)

Chartered Management Institute (www.managers.org.uk)

Feedback to Students

Formative and summative assessment feedback will be provided verbally in seminar and tutorial sessions and in writing on standard feedback templates with additional written commentary where appropriate within the terms of the University’s guidelines, which is a maximum of four weeks.

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