This unit critically examines the extent to which human resource management is strategic to organizational success in a global context. Alternative models of business strategy and the integration of human resource management are considered. The changing external environment of globalization and competition and the resultant restructuring of industries, labour markets and organizations is analysed so that the factors influencing managerial choice and employee choice in relation to the different strategies can be assessed. There will be a focus on strategic international human resource management and the issues facing organizations that operate in the international environment.

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Victoria University Online
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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and critically appraise the key differences between domestic and international human resource management;  
  2. Hypothesise the strategic advantages attainable from effective international human resource management;  
  3. Evaluate and exemplify contextual factors that influence international human resource management practice; and  
  4. Critically reflect on the important change in the professional role of the Human Resource Manager brought about by globalisation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Essay 15%
Report Research report and presentation (team) 45%
Test Class Test 40%

Required reading

International Human Resource Management, 4th Edn
Harzing, AW. & Pinnington, AH. (2015)
Sage, Singapore.

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