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LB5306 - International Human Resource Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2021
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

This subject provides an overview of Human Resource Management (HRM) in an international perspective. The course covers a wide range of topics including the interaction between national cultures and management, the central role played by multinational corporations and HRM functions at play in a globalising business context. In addressing these topics, special attention is given to specific as well as emerging areas of practice, research and debate in International HRM, such as: the impact of business structure and home/host-country institutions and culture; private regulation and corporate social responsibility; global labour issues and international regulatory frameworks; global management skills and the challenges posed by expatriate management. While this subject focuses on the complex task of managing globally, it also sheds a light on current and prospective issues surrounding global governance.

Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to understand HRM in a comparative perspective with an emphasis on the mediating role played by national cultures and institutions and new trends in global corporate governance;
  • The ability to analyse and critically assess strategic HRM in the light of overall business structure and governance, with a focus on best practices and innovative HRM initiatives developed by multi-national corporations;
  • The ability to ponder global labour issues and the impact of globalisation on labour organisations, industrial democracy, the international division of labour and labour standards;
  • An understanding of the challenges involved in managing a cross-cultural workforce and managing transnationally, including expatriate management and the conduct of organisational change and development in global business operations.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) -
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) -
Students should have acquired the basic HR concepts included in LB5205 People in Organisations.


Townsville, Intensive, Study Period 11
Census Date 09-Dec-2021
Face to face teaching 10-Dec-2021 to 09-Jan-2022 (6-9pm Fri 10th, 9-5pm Sat 11th & Sun 12th Dec 2021 & 6-9pm Fri 7th, 9-5pm Sat 8th & Sun 9th Jan 2022)
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.