International and Comparative Human Resource Management and Employment Relations - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Research based assignment (40%) , Assignment 2 - Research based assignment (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 3,125.00
International 3,375.00

This unit provides students with an understanding of the cultural and national factors that affect people management issues in organisations that operate across national borders. It also examines the efficacy of different employment policies and practices within the world economy. The unit explains the reasons for the development of different forms of employment practices and the extent to which these differences are sustainable.

At the completion of this course, students should have:

  1. An advanced understanding of international and comparative human resource management and employment relations (IHRM and IER) as a functional area, adding to their career and vocational skills, and professional effectiveness.
  2. Critically evaluate scholarly perspectives on IHRM and IER and apply these to the analysis of the changing nature of work organisations and social regulation in the global economy.
  3. An understanding of the principal roles, functions and outcomes of IHRM and IER;
  4. The knowledge to problem-solve and critically evaluate IHRM and IER complexities, contributing to their organisational membership skills; and
  5. The knowledge to apply effective IHRM and IER values and techniques to real-world situations, and in particular, to apply these values to the practice of multi-cultural teamwork.
  • Assignment 1 — Research based assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Research based assignment (40%)
  • Assignment 3 — Group presentaion (20%)


In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Course. Globalization
2Varieties of Capitalism
3Paired Country Comparisons 1
4Paired Country comparisons 2
5Industry Comparison
6Introduction to International HRM
7Managing Across Cultures
8Staffing, Training and Development
9Performance Management; Compensation
10Repatriation of expatriates; Women in international management
11Knowledge management
12Course review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • A Research Handbook of Comparative Employment

    By:Barry & Wilkinson

    ISBN: 9781781000441


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