Module Details

BE443-6-SP-CO: International Human Resource Management

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Caleb Kwong
Teaching Staff: Dr Caleb Kwong
Contact details: Student Services Advisor

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The module focuses on understanding how to procure and allocate human resources for international markets; identifying training and development needs; utilising and motivating human resources internationally; developing cross-cultural literacy; building a corporate culture; understanding policies and practices for managing international operations; managing information systems; engaging in strategic international human resource management.

The main aim of the unit is to enable students to acquire a critical understanding of the diverse national contexts in which organisations operate and the strategic role of HRM in the context of globalisation; to develop a sound understanding of key HR strategies, structures, and processes in multinational organisations; to learn about the changing role of the HR manager in the context of different stakeholder demands; to examine HRM policies and regulations in different countries and to apply them with reference to the specific nature of companies and businesses; identify appropriate interventions for the strategic implementation of HR practices, particularly international recruitment and training; to understand the ongoing challenges in motivating different kinds of employees, both in terms of rewards and pay as well as through the ways individuals and groups can be supported in their work; to understand the changing nature of jobs and careers in an international perspective and under influence of the current knowledge economy.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The following learning and teaching methods will inform the pedagogic process of the course:

- Lectures
- Seminars and tutorials (for discussion of case studies, journal articles, presentations)
- Group work
- Signposting to additional resources


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Spring Term: Individual Report (50%)

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.


  • Essential Reading
  • Briscoe, D., Schuler, R., and Claus, L. (2012) International Human Resource Management. Routledge: London. 4th edition
  • Dowling, Festing and Engle (2007) International Human Resource Management. South-western. Cengage Learning.
  • Recommended Reading
  • Edwards, Tony, Rees, Chris (2011) International human resource management: globalization, national systems and multinational companies. Financial Times Prentice Hall
  • Harzing A and Pinnington A (2011) International human resource management. Third edition. Sage
  • Brewster C. Sparrow P and Houseworth. (2011) International Human Resource Management. CIPD: London.
  • Dickmann, M. Brewster C. and Sparrow. P (2008) International Human Resource Management: A European Perspective. Routledge: London. (Available as e-book)
  • Harris M (2008) Handbook of research in international human resource management. (Available as e-book)
  • Shen J and Edwards V (2006) International human resource management in Chinese multinationals. London ; New York : Routledge (Available as e-book).
  • Morley M and Scullion H (2004) International human resource management in retrospect and prospect. Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing (Available as e-book).
  • Briscoe D and Schuler R (2004) International human resource management: [electronic resource] policy and practice for the global enterprise. London: Routledge (Available as e-book).
  • Brewster C. Sparrow P and Vernon. (2008) International Human Resource Management. CIPD: London.
  • Hollinshead G (2009) International and Comparative Human Resource Management. McGraw Hill: Maidenshead.
  • Schuler, R.W. and Jackson, S.E. (2006) Human Resource Management: International Perspectives. International Student Edition. London: Thomson Learning.
  • Mendenhall M Oddou G and Stahk G (2007) Readings and Cases in International Human Resource Management. Routledge: London
  • Vance, C and Paik Y (2006) Managing a global workforce: challenges and opportunities in international human resource management. Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe (Available as e-book).
  • Mabey, C., Salaman, G. and Storey, J. (2004) (eds) Strategic Human Resource Management. A Reader. London: Sage.
  • French R (2010) Cross-Cultural Management in Work Organisations. CIPD: London
  • Warner M (2003) Culture and Management in Asia
  • Beardwell, I. Holden, L. and Claydon, T. (2003) Human Resource Management: A contemporary approach. Fourth edition. London: FT Prentice Hall.
  • Leat, M. (1998) Human Resource Issue of the European Union. Financial Times Management. Eastbourne, UK: Pearson Education.
  • White, G. (2000) Reward Management: a critical text. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Giacalone, R.A. (1997) (Ed.). Antisocial behaviour in organizations. London: Sage.
  • Peiperl, M. Michael, A., Geoffe, R. and Morris, T. (eds) (2000). Career Frontiers: New Conceptions of Working Lives. Reprinted in 2004. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kirton, G. and Green, A. (2005) The Dynamics of Managing Diversity: A critical approach (2nd edition). Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Farnham, D. and Sylvia, H. (1996) Managing people in the public services. Basingstoke: MacMillan Press Ltd.
  • Journals:
  • People Management
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • European Industrial Relations Review
  • European Management Journal
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Journal of Common Market Studies
  • Journal of European Industrial Training
  • Personnel Review
  • Organization Studies
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations
  • Journal of Management Learning
  • Other relevant resources
  • CIPD - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK)
  • European Union Commission Reports
  • ETDF - European Training and Development Federation

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