Faculty of Business and Economics

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Helen De Cieri


Topics include an introduction to the major differences between domestic and international HRM; cultural, social and ethical issues for IHRM; the possible linkages between IHRM and business strategy; IHRM planning, policies and procedures; international relations and evaluation of host country environments; recruitment and selection; strategic compensation and reward systems; training and development of employee capabilities; maintaining the employment relationship within international operations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand and define the purposes and scope of international human resource management (IHRM)
  2. describe and explain the differences between domestic and international HRM
  3. assess the impact of cultural differences on the management of people in multinational organisations and to examine the impact of global conditions on the strategic management of human resources in the context of overseas subsidiaries, acquisitions and joint ventures
  4. identify the possible linkages between IHRM and business strategy, and critically analyse IHRM functions and process in various international settings
  5. define and explain the theories which guide the policies, processes and procedures of IHRM.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours per week


MGC2430, MGF2661 or as approved