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BBA - International Business

International Human Resource Management

Programme Objectives

The programme has the following aims:

  1. To enable the study of organisations, their management and the changing external and international contexts in which they operate.

  2. Equip individuals for and/or development of a career in international business and associated specialized areas in business development, marketing, finance and tourism management at a professional or equivalent level to assume managerial positions in the arena of international business.

  3. Development of the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of international business and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice.

  4. Enhancement of lifelong learning and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.


On successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of management theories, current issues of management, the development of conceptual frameworks to guide their application within organizations operating in an increasingly global and competitive environment.
  2. Acquire a strong foundation in key functional areas of business management to enable them to succeed as effective managers in an increasingly complex and dynamic environment.
  3. Exhibit a coherent body of knowledge on economic, ethical, environmental, legal, political, sociological and technological factors together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations.
  4. Demonstrate command of a range of competencies relevant to cross-border management, including inter-cultural awareness and understanding.
  5. Acquire and use a range of concepts, tools and techniques for problem solving and decision-making for analyzing complex and inter-related business scenarios.
  6. Demonstrate and apply critical skills enabling the investigation and evaluation of valid and relevant management issues and practices.

Programme Content


The aim of this module is to consider the context, theory and practice of international human resource management (HRM), specifically of HRM in the international arena. The module aims to cover critical consideration of the emergence of HRM as a discipline and practice within a global context. Emphasis is placed on themes of globalisation and internationalisation, highlighting convergence toward and divergence away from macro western universals of HRM.

The module considers debates associated with the utilisation of human resources in an international context, including migration and labour markets. It aims to analyse specific HRM areas in the international arena such as comparative employee relations and participation, international staffing and expatriation, training and development, compensation and performance management.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Apply HR theories to HR practice with sensitivity to the international context
  • Engage with debates of aspects of HR practice in an international context
  • Critically analyse HRM rhetoric and practices in an international context
  • Formulate appropriate theoretical and practical solutions to organisational problems in the international arena


  • Introduction to HRM in a Global Context
  • Institutional and Cultural Perspectives: Cross-National Differences in Human Resources and Organisation
  • Globalisation/Internationalisation
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Staffing the Multinational Enterprise: Expatriation and Managing Across Borders
  • International HRM in Practice: Europe and the Americas
  • International HRM in Practice: East Asia and Developing Countries
  • Comparative Employee Relations
  • Migration and Labour Markets
  • The International Division of Labour and Labour Standards


  • Course Materials provided by IPE.
  • Hollinshead, G., .International and Comparative Human Resource Management.2010, McGraw-Hill.
  • Chris Rees & Tony Edwards, International Human Resource Management, 2nd Edition,2010, Pearson Education
  • Online resources on OCTAL Portal
  • Online databases from IPE’s E Library