International Human Resource Management

The details
Essex Business School
Southend Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
18 July 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC N120 International Business and Entrepreneurship,
BSC N121 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N123 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Placement Year),
BSC N124 International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N124CO International Business and Entrepreneurship (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N355 International Business and Finance,
BSC N356 International Business and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC N357 International Business and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N358 International Business and Finance (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N358CO International Business and Finance (Including Foundation Year)

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 (HRM).

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • 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.

  • To 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.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse and evaluate differing international perspectives in relation to the management of human resources.

  2. Appraise how national institutional and cultural differences lead to differences in country-specific HRM practices and underpin the differing perspectives on HRM.

  3. Analyse and evaluate the way in which the external forces referred to above affect international businesses.

  4. Exercise judgement regarding the skills required by international managers for the management of cultural diversity.

  5. Analyse the impact of international businesses on their host countries' systems and evaluate convergence or divergence in HRM practices and approaches.

  6. Critically review HRM practices in a range of countries, in relation to work and organisational design, employee resourcing, reward and benefit systems, the management of performance, and the professional development of different kinds of employees.

  7. To undertake appropriate research about HRM practice and decide about appropriate interventions.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

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


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Individual Essay    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Caleb Kwong, email:
Dr Caleb Kwong



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 28 hours, 10 (35.7%) hours available to students:
18 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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