Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Aims to develop a critical understanding of the role and functions of the various human resource activities within multinational corporations (MNC). It provides an overview of the impact of globalisation and varieties of capitalism in shaping international human resource management practices in MNCs. In doing so, the course addresses the literature in International Human Resource Management and the strategic management of human resources in MNCs. The field of International HRM is a relatively new area of academic/professional interest and the course will draw on case studies and selected readings. Case studies will be used to expose students to the various human resource management issues in the management of people in MNCs in an international context.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2022

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the role of the HR Manager in an International context

2. Describe Human Resource activities in an International Context

3. List and explain the differences between domestic and international HRM

4. Explain the importance of cultural sensitivity in an international assignment

5. Critically appraise the impact of cultural and contextual factors in shaping human resource practices in MNCs

6. From the literature form an opinion and express a logically argued view regarding the adequacy of HR systems in international organisations


  1. What Is IHRM ?
  2. International Workplaces & Cultural Differences
  3. IHRM & Corporate Strategy
  4. Cross cultural Training & Development
  5. Recruitment & Selection of International Employees
  6. Performance Management of International Assignees
  7. Compensation & Repatriation of Expatriates
  8. Issues In International Industrial Relations
  9. Varieties of capitalism
  10. National business systems
  11. Cross-border alliances
  12. HRM in host-country context
  13. Future trends and challenges in IHRM

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Cross Country Analysis

Written Assignment: Staffing International Operations

Formal Examination: Online End of Term Exam

Contact hours

PSB Singapore, Ourimbah and Newcastle City Precinct

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online preparation, lectures, interactive discussion groups or self-directed learning and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.