Managing Human Resources in International Organisations

10 Units

In a global marketplace where “borderless organisations” 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 3 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Online)
Trimester 3 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Trimester 1 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between and asses the key HRM issues arising from organisations operating in an international context.
  2. Recognise and evaluate the key requirements for managing people in an international context.
  3. Describe the impact that culture has on management in the international context.
  4. Engage critically with recent research in the literature in order to gain a deeper understanding of ongoing developments in the international human resource management function.
  5. Apply the theories and concepts learned to real international management scenarios and cases.
  6. Research academic sources to identify and use key arguments in the field of international HRM and articulate the implications for management practice.

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 in international management.
  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. The Global labour force - The globalisation of labour, human resources in multinational supply chains and global corporate social responsibility.
Assumed Knowledge GSBS6040 Human Resource Management.
Assessment Items
  • Essay: Individual Research Essay
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group PBL Project
  • Formal Examination: Examination

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct, PSB Singapore, Sydney Elizabeth Street and Online


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
For face to face mode. Online:as per course material

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for GSBS6007
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