Module Code: H9INTHR
Long Title International HRM
Title International HRM
Module Level: LEVEL 9
EQF Level: 7
EHEA Level: Second Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: COLETTE DARCY
Module Author: COLETTE DARCY
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Identify the strategic human resources management issues within the international context.
LO2 Investigate the significance of globalisation for both international business and HRM.
LO3 Critically evaluate the impact of different national Cultural contexts of International HRM and the challenges confronting IHR managers in staffing international assignments.
LO4 Critically assess the impact of the organisational context on International HRM; the various organisational structures adopted by MNEs, managing performance, training and developing of expatriates, teams and global leaders.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements

As per programme requirements. 


Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Strategic IHRM
Impact of external and internal contexts on IHRM practices. Crisis management Health and Safety of business travellers. Global HR Challenges. Global HR support services.
The drivers of globalisation. The extent of international business. Globalisation of HRM - its extent and importance to business. The role of HRM in sustaining international business activity.
Managing cultural differences
Impact of national culture on HRM practices. Managing a cross-cultural organisation.
Structure and Strategy
Organisational structures of global firms. Choices for entry into international markets. HR implications of cross border alliances, acquisitions and wholly owned subsidiaries. business Role of culture in strategic choice.
Staffing International Operations
Global staffing. Focus on international assignees. Global talent management Staffing choices – geocentric polycentric, regiocentric, ethnocentric. Function and roles of expatriates. Reasons for international assignments. Expatriate failure Selection criteria in IHRM.
MNE Performance Management
Constraints affecting goal attainment of foreign subsidiaries. Managing individual expatriate performance. The role of culture in the design and implementation of international performance management systems. Standardisation versus localisation of international performance management systems
International Training and Development
Training expatriates Global organisational learning and T & D Cross cultural issues in T & D. The global mindset. Developing global leaders. Developing international teams through international assignments.
Assessment Breakdown%


Full Time

Assessment Type: Continuous Assessment % of total: 100
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
A written project covering all learning outcomes submitted on module completion.  Learners will be expected to show evidence of outside reading and marks will be awarded for depth of reflection and comprehensiveness of plan for future development.
No End of Module Assessment
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.
Reassessment Description
Repeat Assessment is re-submission of written project. One re-submission attempt allowed.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Classroom and demonstrations 24 Per Semester 2.00
Directed Learning Directed e-learning 4 Per Semester 0.33
Independent Learning Independent learning 97 Per Semester 8.08
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.33

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Dowling, Festing and Engle. (2017), International Human Resource Management, 7Th Edition. Cengage Learning EMEA.
  • Reiche, Harzing, Tenzer. (2018), International Human Resource Management, Fifth edition. SAGE Publications.
  • Christopher Brewster, Elizabeth Houldsworth, Paul Sparrow, Guy Vernon. (2017), International Human Resource Management.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ibraiz Tarique , Dennis R. Briscoe , Randall S. Schuler. (2022), International Human Resource Management: Policies and Practices for Multinational Enterprises 6th edition (Global HRM), Routledge.
  • Rees, G. and Smith, P.E. (2017), Strategic human resource management: an international perspective, 2nd ed. Sage Publishing.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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