International HRM in Practice
This module draws upon the skills and knowledge that you have gained throughout the MSc International Human Resource Management. With reference to the latest theory and research, this module combines application of your practical HR and people management abilities with your understanding of best practice approaches to a range of business/International HRM problems. You will act as consultants addressing simulated company briefs which present particular HRM problems. As a small team of consultants you will look at approximately three case studies, based on examples from actual international organisations of their real life human resource challenges. You will work on these briefs and present findings and recommendations to a small panel. You will also independently investigate a specified aspect of HRM, providing practical recommendations for the company that you are tasked with exploring. You will then submit an individual report for each brief summarising your findings and key recommendations for the company. This will take place for all briefs.
Full module specification
|Module title:||International HRM in Practice|
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 3: |
This module marks the culmination of student’s learning during the programme, enabling them to apply the skills and knowledge they have developed throughout the course by taking part in a simulated project. It aims for students to demonstrate that they can apply International HRM theory to complex, real-life scenarios. Working to a company brief in small teams, the module will allow students to show that they have developed the key people management skills and knowledge required to practice in the global environment. It encompasses a range of research, oral and written presentation skills and an ability to apply IHRM theory in practice.
The module aims to develop students’ awareness of the challenges and issues concerning HRM in international organisations. Through a problem-based learning approach, the module provides students with the opportunity to engage in relevant, appropriate and stimulating business challenges. Students will revisit themes and concepts they have considered earlier in the programme, developing both the ability to handle multiple conceptual frameworks and for confronting and integrating them to construct practical and relevant recommendations for international business problems.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. perform a consultancy-style investigation of a simulated business/International HRM problem using appropriate research, data collection and analytical techniques;
- 2. evaluate HRM issues and challenges and their impact on individuals and organisations at an international level;
- 3. demonstrate the ability to select and apply appropriate IHRM practices, policies and theories.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. demonstrate ability to be evidence-based problem solvers that analyse relevant data, opinions and contexts when informing strategic decisions in international contexts;
- 5. demonstrate knowledge, skills and confidence to effectively manage the demands of global business and society.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. demonstrate professional and succinct oral and written presentation of work;
- 7. apply a collaborative mind-set alongside problem solving ability;
- 8. practice relevant people management skills for employment in international organisations.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Simulated client briefing||3 x 2 hours||Client outlines and discusses brief|
|Academic briefing||3 x 2 hours||Academic lead outlines related policies, practices and theories|
|Discussion sessions||3 x 2 hours||Groups discuss ideas with academic leads|
|Guided independent study||282||Researching and writing up individual reports Group preparation|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Discussion and feedback||2 x 30 minute||1 3, 8||Oral|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation/video||20||3 x 10 minutes||1 - 8||Written|
|Individual report||80||3 x 2,000 words||1 6, 8||Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Group presentation/video||Reflective report, 1500 words (20%)||1 - 8||August re-assessment period|
|Individual report||Resubmission - Individual report 3 x 2,000 words (80%)||1 6, 8||August re-assessment period|
A simulated case-study briefing is provided to students, including any relevant data that can be shared followed by a Q&A session. Academic session lead will follow up with a brief outline/review of relevant IHRM practices, policies and theories. Students work intensively on the brief and can arrange meetings with academic lead to get feedback.
On the final day, students present findings and recommendations to a small panel in a 10 minute presentation/video assessed by academic representatives.
This schedule is repeated approximately three times, with three different simulated case study briefs covering different aspects of IHRM in theory and practice.
Students will then work independently on an individual report of up to 2,000 words for each brief, summarising their findings and key recommendations for the company. Reports will include an executive summary, an overview of the background/context, a justification for the research conducted and an explanation of findings, key recommendations, conclusions and limitations. Support will be offered from the academic lead. Submission of individual reports will be staggered in the period following the end of term 3.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
- Wilson, J. (2012) International Human Resource Development: Learning, Education and Training for Individuals and Organizations, Kogan Page
- Crawshaw, J., Budhwar, P., Davis, A. (2020) Human Resource Management: Strategic and International Perspectives, SAGE Publications Ltd
- Torrington, D., Hall, L., Taylor, S. and Atkinson, C. (2020) Human Resource Management, 11th edition, Harlow: Pearson Education
- Bratton, J and Gold, J (2017) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, 6th edition.; Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
- Armstrong, M., and Taylor, S. (2020) Armstrong's Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice, London: Kogan Page
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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
Relevant journals include (non-exhaustive list):
International Journal of Human Resource Management
Human Resource Management Review
Human Resource Management (US)
Human Resource Management Journal (UK)
International Business Review
Academy of Management Journal
Human Resource Development International
Human Resource Management Review
Journal of International Management
International Journal of Management Reviews
International Studies of Management & Organization
International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management
Cross-Cultural & Strategic Management
Scandinavian Journal of Management
Journal of Global Mobility
Journal of World Business
International Journal of Intercultural Relations
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service - www.acas.org.uk
Department for Work and Pensions - www.dss.gov.uk/dfwp
Trades Union Congress - www.tuc.org.uk
Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development - www.cipd.co.uk
CIPD’s People Management: https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/
HR magazine: https://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/
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