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MGMT71-301: International Human Resource Management September 2021 [Online]

General information

Globalisation challenges managers and employees to grapple with complex issues as they seek to gain competitiveness. The relationships between the external environment, organisational factors, and international HRM strategies and practices will be studied from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The subject will include topics such as strategic issues for international HRM, HRM in a variety of international organisational forms, cross-cultural issues, and expatriate management.

This subject provides an opportunity for students to explore international dimensions of the core aspects of Human Resource Management, such as linkage with international business strategy and structure, recruitment, compensation and reward management, training and development, performance management, and industrial relations. 


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:MGMT71-301
Subject title:International Human Resource Management
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Webinar 1
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study time & reviewing materials
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible. No prescribed book resources or additional articles. Instead Harvard Case studies will be used extensively throughout this class.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students
  • Students on US Financial Aid
  • Students on a Student Visa who have already completed one third (33%) of their total program online.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Explain the roles and functions of international human resource managers including job analysis & design, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, performance management, training and development, and related responsibilities.
  2. Evaluate the fit (i.e., alignment) between an organisation’s strategy and its human resource management practices using various Harvard Case Studies.
  3. Assess the impact of differing cultural, legal, social, political, economic and other environmental factors on international human resource management.
  4. Apply appropriate evidence-based principles and best practices to address international human resource management issues.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Online Participation Participation in exercises and learning activities 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Case Analysis Harvard Case Study 1. The assessment will focus on aspects of learning outcome 1 as well as learning outcomes 2 and 4. 30% Week 6 1, 2, 4.
Case Analysis Harvard Case Study 2. The assessment will focus on aspects of learning outcome 1, not covered in Harvard Case Study 1, as well as learning outcomes 2 and 4. 30% Week 10 1, 2, 4.
Project Report Prepare a professional report on an approved contemporary topic. Topics will be selected in consultation with the instructor. 30% Week 13 1, 2, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Subject curriculum

An overview of international human resource management (IHRM) is presented, including various perspective and definitions of IHRM.

As a result of the internationalisation and globalisation of the workplace there is increased cultural interaction and consequently, operating in a cross-cultural environment has become a key issue for human resource managers. International, national and organisational culture are presented.

Legislation, legal terms, employment practices and key issues in international industrial relations are explored.

Approaches to staffing international business operations are explored. Specific issues and challenges in employee recruitment, selection and related HRM functions are also examined.

The traditional HRM function of performance management is reviewed. The dynamics of international operations and the implications for the performance management process are then discussed.

Nearly all organisations provide some training for their employees and employee development is especially important for companies that emphasize promotion from within. An overview of training and development is provided.

The discipline system provides a fair and consistent means of correcting and preventing employee misbehaviour, as well as eventually underpinning termination for cause. Managing employee misbehaviour, discipline, and discharge is discussed.

Complexities arise when attempting to reward effort in a fair and equitable manner. This section examines the components of remuneration, total rewards concept, equity and contemporary issues in remuneration.

Approved on: Jul 1, 2021. Edition: 4.1
Last updated: Sep 8, 2021.