Managing Human Resources in International Organisations

10 Units

The achievement of corporate success can only be accomplished by people. In a global marketplace where "borderless organizations" are quickly becoming the norm, employees have an increasingly important role in the cultivation of company capability. This course examines the management of people in organisations across different countries and cultures. The primary aim is to discriminate the varying roles and functions of the various HRM activities within an international context. The course considers the challenges of managing expatriates in home and host countries, in the context of multinational and transnational corporations as well as other types of international organisations. In doing so, it draws on a cross-section of the literature in human resource management, organisational behaviour and comparative management.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School
Availability Trimester 1 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore) (UoN Singapore)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Sydney Bathurst Street)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Newcastle City Precinct)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to: 1. Differentiate between the key issues arising from organisations operating in an international context. 2. Recognise and evaluate the key requirements for managing people in an international context. 3. Assess critical international human resource management issues. 4. Describe the impact that culture has on management in the international context. 5. Engage critically with recent research in the literature in order to gain a deeper understanding of ongoing developments in the human resource management function. 6. Apply the theories and concepts learned to both hypothetical environments and real situations such as their own workplace.


The course includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  1. Issues and strategies in managing people across nations.
  2. Theories and language of international human resource management.
  3. Fundamental human resource functions in an international context.
  4. Impact of culture on management of people in an international context.
  5. Communication and leadership issues.
  6. Managing expatriates and international assignments.
  7. The process of recruitment in an international context.
  8. Incidence and implications of performance management in an international context.
  9. Pay systems and structures in a multinational context.
  10. Theoretical and conceptual applications to cases and workplaces.
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces GSBS6055 International Human Resource Management
Transition This course is not available to students who have completed GSBS6055 International Human Resource Management. Students who have not taken GSBS6055 as part of their course can study GSBS6007 as a replacement course.
Assumed Knowledge GSBS6040 Human Resource Management.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Examination: Formal -
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises -
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for GSBS60071

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