Managing People in the Global Economy - 2016

This page is for past year, View 2017 unit details.

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Case Study (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Students study important and interrelated aspects of international and comparative employment relations (ER). Students analyse international human resource management (IHRM) and industrial relations (IR) terms, concepts and theories from an international perspective and examine how Multinational Corporations (MNCs) may adapt and coordinate human resource management HRM and industrial relations IR programs to better integrate them into overall firm strategies in a competitive global environment. Students further examine how globalisation is impacting on traditional employment practices within countries as local governments and firms attempt to increase labour productivity to better compete in the global marketplace. At the macro-level students study institutions and legislation associated with HRM and IR. They further examine how socio-political settings, culture and levels of economic development influence HRM and IR practices. Factors such as local labour skill levels and labour costs impact on an MNC's investment decisions; for example, where to locate or relocate their production processes. At the micro-level students analyse case studies and other material that demonstrate how these concepts are applied in practice.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of international human resource management (IHRM) and comparative employment relations (ER) terms and concepts

2.  Demonstrated ability to evaluate and analyse different approaches to IHRM and comparative employment relations (ER) issues and construct logical arguments to support and/or criticise these viewpoints

3.  Evaluate how international competitive pressures and foreign direct investment (FDI) impact on local and international ER practices

4.  Consider and evaluate the ethical implications of MNC ER strategies, including strategies to address these issues

  • Case Study (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Quizzes — Online quizzes (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Note: Level 3 units normally assume a moderate level of prior knowledge in this area, eg from studying related Level 1 and 2 units or other relevant experience.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1The development of IHRM
2Culture & IHRM
3Global Staffing
4MNC strategies
5Performance management
6Training & development
8International perspective on ER
9Ethics, IHRM & CSR
10IHRM trends & future challenges

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation 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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • International Human Resource Management: Policies &

    By:Tarique, Briscoe & Schuler

    ISBN: 9780415710534


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Enquire online

    Need to ask a question that's best put down in words?
    Make an online enquiry.

    Enquire now

    Got a question?

    Get an answer from one of our friendly Student Advisors.