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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title International HRM
Module Code HR567
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eugene Hickland
Semester 2: Eugene Hickland
Autumn: Eugene Hickland
Module TeachersBrian Harney
Edel Conway
David Collings
Kieran Conroy
Eugene Hickland
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to examine and critically assess the role of human resource management in international firms, in particular those that operate in an European context. It analyses the main external and internal factors that affect international HRM. In this module students will develop knowledge of key human resource management processes and practices (for example, global staffing, reward management and employee voice) in multinational corporations. It has been designed to help students develop a strong theoretical and practical insight into current practices in international HRM and their integration with wider business strategy. Students are expected to attend lectures, prepare for and contribute to class discussions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Evaluate the main external factors that affect International HRM
2. Explain the impact of organisational context on International HRM
3. Critically evaluate key international HRM practices, such as global staffing and compensation
4. Discuss new developments and main challenges in International HRM

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Weekly lecture
Independent Study68Reading relevant sources for each topic
Assignment Completion35Preparation for assignments
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is International HRM?
Human resource management in international firms.

Managing cultural differences
Impact of national culture on HRM practices. Managing a cross-cultural organisation.

Varieties of capitalism & IHRM
Impact of different types of capitalism (for instance, liberal market economies and co-ordinated market economies) on IHRM practices.

Employment relations in MNCs in Ireland
HRM practices in foreign and domestic multinational corporations (MNCs) in Ireland.

Global staffing
The process of acquiring, deploying, and retaining a global workforce in organizations with operations in different countries.

International compensation
Reward systems in organizations with operations in different countries.

Employee participation in MNCs
Union and non-union voice in international firms. International regulations that affect employee participation in MNCs.

IHRM: new developments & challenges
Current trends, developments and challenges in the field.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentIndividual assignment50%Every Second Week
PresentationGroup assignment20%Once per semester
AssignmentEssay30%Week 7
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Briscoe, D. R. and R. S. Schuler: 2004, International Human Resource Management, 2nd, Routledge, London,
  • Harris, H., Brewster,C. & Sparrow.P.: 2003, International Human Resource Management, CIPD, London,
  • Harzing, A. and Van Ruyssevelt , J.: 2004, International Human Resource Management, Sage, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GDHRMGrad Dip in Human Resource Management
Date of Last Revision24-MAY-10

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