MSc Human Resource Management (International Development) / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
International Management

Unit code MGDI60101
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Global Development Institute
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


We examine the history and importance of international business, laying the foundations for the study of international management.
All aspects of working in overseas markets are examined, but in particular, the role and importance of culture.


The unit aims to:

Introduce students to the basics of international management, with particular reference to cross-cultural management, and management within organisations that operate in developing countries


Learning outcomes

Category of outcome

Students should/will (please delete as appropriate) be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

On successful completion of this course unit, participants will have demonstrated:·
Knowledge and critical understanding of the nature and context of management in international development,
Knowledge and critical understanding of strategic, resource and other international management practices,·
Knowledge and critical understanding of international development organisations’ environment and how it impacts on their effectiveness.

Intellectual skills

Understand theoretical background, and undertake a comparative analysis of the ways in which managers can make use of management theory in solving practical problems associated with cross-cultural management focus.

Practical skills

Market research

Environmental analysis

Dealing with people from different cultural backgrounds

Transferable skills and personal qualities


Group presentation

Written summation of data


Teaching and learning methods

Learning and teaching are generally handled in a face-to-face forum, as students benefit from sharing ideas and experiences with people from different cultural backgrounds.
E-learning is deliberately kept to a minimum, as cross-cultural interaction is of greatest benefit, and this is difficult to achieve in an e-learning environment

Assessment methods

Assessment is a 3,000 word essay, based on a choice of topic from amongst some 6-8 topics. All are of direct relevance to some aspect of IM, but it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate an integration of both the theory and the practice as relevant to the question chosen. 100%

Re-sit Assessment: Essay , 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback via Blackboard.

Recommended reading

Luthans, F. and Doh, J.P. (2012) International Management: Culture, Strategy, and Behaviour (8th Edition), McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Boston, Massachusetts

Other readings will be supplied on enrollment

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 150

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Shirley Jenner Unit coordinator

Additional notes

GDI Programmes on which course unit is offered:
MSc HRM (Optional), M&IS (Optional), HRD (Optional) and OCD (Optional)

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