MGF5610 - People management and work in a global context - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management


Dr Marjorie Jerrard

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Off-campus)
  • Second semester 2017 (Evening)


This unit examines national differences in work and employment practices, the historical, economic, political and cultural factors associated with these differences, and their implications for global business and other stakeholders, particularly in the Asia Pacific region. It assesses the impact of globalisation on work and employment in different national contexts, with a particular focus on the Asian economies. Topics include: internationalisation and global production systems, divergence and convergence in national systems of employment relations in European, Anglophone and Asian countries, labour management practices in multi-national enterprises, corporate social responsibility and labour standards, regulatory and institutional differences governing the management of labour.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. analyse the globalisation of trade and production systems and the impact on employment relations and labour standards
  2. identify the implications of globalisation and financialisation for the management of labour in different national settings
  3. evaluate the work practices and labour standards in MNCs
  4. examine institutions governing trade and labour standards, including international labour standards, trade agreements, and corporate codes of conduct
  5. assess the relationship between trade and labour standards in industrialising and transition economies.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses: 0105, 0200, 0201, 0319, 1065, 1506, 1822, 2099, 2642, 2643, 2778, 3801, 3844, B6005, B6006, B6007, B6009, B6012 or seek Chief Examiner's approval before undertaking this unit.