MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
International Human Resource Management

Unit code BMAN60992
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course begins by assessing the changing international business context with a particular focus on patterns of trade and foreign direct investment associated with developed and less developed countries. The aim is to describe the regulatory (privatisation, liberalisation), economic and institutional environment underpinning the recent rise of multinational company investment and the changing character of the international division of labour. Against this context, the course takes stock of some core themes of international HR, including international HR practices of knowledge management, staffing, pay and reward, employee representation and corporate social responsibility. Detailed study of multinationals’ operations in developed and less developed country contexts highlights the influence of business strategy, cultural and institutional effects on their HR policies. The course concludes with a consideration of the prospects of internationalisation for both workers and firms in less developed countries.


BMAN60992 Programme Req: BMAN60992 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc IHRM & CIR, and as an elective to students on MSc HRM & IR and MSc BASM


This course unit has the objectives of enabling students to understand and explain:

  1. The distinctive nature of international HRM by comparison with national HRM;
  2. The main features of business systems and HRM in selected countries;
  3. The types of international strategies associated with cross-border mergers/acquisitions and knowledge management by TNCs;
  4. The conditions influencing multinational policies of international staffing, pay/reward, employee representation and corporate social responsibility;
  5. The impact of internationalisation for worker and firms in less developed countries.
  6. The impact of privatisation and public sector changes in terms of IHRM
  7. The manner in which IHRM is researched and studied.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course unit students will be able to:

  1. Recognise the distinctiveness of international HRM compared to national HRM topics;
  2. Understand the factors that influence specific international HR practices in multinationals;
  3. Appreciate the international strategies of multinational expanding into less developed countries and the host country regulatory, business and market conditions influencing strategy and structure.
  4. Appreciate the way MNCs and International HR issues are studied and the competing approaches that exist.

Assessment methods

2-hour examination (100%)

Feedback methods

Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

General feedback in lectures on progress of seminars and their quality

Recommended reading

Martinez Lucio M (2014) International HRM London: Sage

Harzing AW and Pinnington (2014) International Human Resource Management London: Sage Fourth Edition

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 124

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Miguel Martinez Lucio Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Method

Office hours


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