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LB5306 - International Human Resource Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
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

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Essays - (30%)
  • Group Presentations - (20%).
Students should have acquired the basic HR concepts included in LB5205 People in Organisations.


Townsville, Intensive, Study Period 11
Census Date 10-Dec-2020
Face to face teaching 11-Dec-2020 to 10-Jan-2021 (6-9pm Fri 11th, 9-5pm Sat 12th & Sun 13th Dec 2020 & 6-9pm Fri 8th, 9-5pm Sat 9th & Sun 10th Jan 2021)
Workload expectations:

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

  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 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.