International Human Resource Management (IHRM) is a new and rapidly changing area of specialist and generalist practice. It is also a lively and growing academic subject having links with many different disciplines including economics, international business, strategy, communications, political science and public policy. The origins of IHRM can be traced back to the growth of international business operations and the development of multinational enterprises (MNEs) with their formal and informal approaches to staffing, personnel administration and personnel management. The unit covers topics: an introduction to the major differences between domestic and international HRM; cultural, social and ethical issues for international HRM; the possible linkages between International HRM and business strategy; International HRM planning, policies and procedures; international relations and evaluation of host country environments; international recruitment and selection; international strategic compensation and reward systems; international training and development of employee capabilities; maintaining the employment relationship within international operations.

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BMO2000 - Human Resource Management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Examine the changing roles of HR in multinational organisations;  
  2. Identify and propose solutions to the key issues in managing human resources in the global context, including the impact of cultural differences;  
  3. Critically review the theories which guide the policies and practices of International HRM; and  
  4. Demonstrate team-based communication skills, interpersonal skills and intercultural understanding to deliver intended group outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test 20%
Essay Individual Essay 30%
Presentation Group Presentation 15%
Report Group Case Analysis and Report 35%

Required reading

International Human Resource Management: Managing People in a Multinational Context (7th ed.).
Dowling, P. J., Festing, M., & Engle, A. D. (2017).
South Melbourne: Cengage Learning.

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