Managing Human Resources in International Organisations

Course code GSBS6007Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Business School

The achievement of corporate success can only be accomplished by people. In a global marketplace where "borderless organizations" are quickly becoming the norm, employees have an increasingly important role in the cultivation of company capability. This course examines the management of people in organisations across different countries and cultures. The primary aim is to discriminate the varying roles and functions of the various HRM activities within an international context. The course considers the challenges of managing expatriates in home and host countries, in the context of multinational and transnational corporations as well as other types of international organisations. In doing so, it draws on a cross-section of the literature in human resource management, organisational behaviour and comparative management.

Available in 2014

Newcastle City PrecinctTrimester 1, Trimester 2, Trimester 3
Sydney Bathurst StreetTrimester 2
UoN SingaporeTrimester 1, Trimester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Differentiate between the key issues arising from organisations operating in an international context.
2. Recognise and evaluate the key requirements for managing people in an international context.
3. Assess critical international human resource management issues.
4. Describe the impact that culture has on management in the international context.
5. Engage critically with recent research in the literature in order to gain a deeper understanding of ongoing developments in the human resource management function.
6. Apply the theories and concepts learned to both hypothetical environments and real situations such as their own workplace.
ContentThe course includes but is not limited to the following topics:

1. Issues and strategies in managing people across nations.
2. Theories and language of international human resource management.
3. Fundamental human resource functions in an international context.
4. Impact of culture on management of people in an international context.
5. Communication and leadership issues.
6. Managing expatriates and international assignments.
7. The process of recruitment in an international context.
8. Incidence and implications of performance management in an international context.
9. Pay systems and structures in a multinational context.
10. Theoretical and conceptual applications to cases and workplaces.
Replacing Course(s)This course replaces GSBS6055 International Human Resource Management
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have completed GSBS6055 International Human Resource Management. Students who have not taken GSBS6055 as part of their course can study GSBS6007 as a replacement course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGSBS6040 Human Resource Management.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for GSBS6007