MGF5610 - People management and work in a global context - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jimmy Donaghey

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Students must be enrolled in course B4001, B5001, B5002, B6006, B6007, B6009 or B6012.


This unit analyses national differences in how people and work are managed in terms of the historical, economic, legal, political and cultural factors associated with national differences and similarities in the employment regulatory environment. Based on the premise that people are a source of competitive advantage for international organisations, employment and human resource management practices and strategies within multinational corporations are examined. Topics include; internationalisation and globalisation, divergence and convergence in national systems of employment relations in European, Anglophone and Asian countries, varieties of capitalism in these same regions, labour management practices in multinational corporations, 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. critically analyse the globalisation of trade and production systems and the impact on employment relations and labour standards
  2. identify the implications of globalisation for the management of labour via human resources management in different national settings
  3. evaluate the work practices and labour standards in MNC's by applying ethnocentric and polycentric approaches
  4. examine institutions governing trade and labour standards, including international labour standards, trade agreements, and corporate codes of conduct
  5. critically assess the relationship between business, labour and government internationally.


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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