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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Evening)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Townsend (Semester 1); Associate Professor Peter Holland (Semester 2)


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%

Chief examiner(s)

Peter Holland

Contact hours

3 hours per week