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MGX5631 - International human resource management

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Business and Economics

Leader: Dr Kate Hutchings


Caulfield First semester 2008 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Evening)
Gippsland First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2008 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2008 (Day)


This unit advances prior learning in the fields of international management and human resource management. The specific area of inquiry in international human resource management is the personnel function in the increasingly diverse and complex environment of internationalisation. Based on the premise that people are a source of competitive advantage for international organisations, this unit analyses the environment, role and function of international HRM.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  • define the purposes and scope of international human resource management (IHRM);
  • demonstrate an understanding of the differences between domestic and international HRM;
  • evaluate linkages between IHRM and business strategy;
  • analyse the relationship between business, government and labour internationally;
  • assess the role of IHRM at varying stages of internationalisation;
  • determine the relative costs and benefits of PCNs, HCNs and TCNs as international managers;
  • analyse IHRM functions and process in various international settings;
  • compare and contrast the value of utilising differing types of assignments (real and virtual) across projects and functions for international operations;
  • critically analyse literature/theories in IHRM with reference to practice.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Contact hours

One 3-hour class per week


MGX9850 and a further 18 credit points of study at 9000-level

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