CQUniversity Unit Profile
HRMT20025 International Human Resource Management
International Human Resource Management
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides an international dimension to the study of Human Resource Management (HRM). In this unit you will study the HR functions, operations, policies and practices that are applicable to the transference of employees for work purposes from one country to another. The unit is designed to raise, study and analyse the issues that will challenge a HR practitioner who is tasked with employing and deploying employees (particularly managerial employees) in different organisational settings in different countries.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: HRMT20024 Managing Human Resources

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Unit Evaluations

Feedback

Various members of the teaching team were commended for their teaching.

Recommendation

Communication between the Unit Coordinator and the teaching team will be maintained to ensure that a consistent standard is achieved.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss the theories that inform the study of International Human Resource Management
  2. Critically analyse the significance of organisations adopting International Human Resource Management policies and practices
  3. Identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of International Human Resource Management.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Examination - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
8 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Examination - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

International Human Resource Management

Edition: 7th (2017)
Authors: Dowling, PJ, Festing, M & Engle, AD
Cengage Learning
Andover Andover , United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781473719026
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Student who prefer an eBook can access via: Cengage Brain: http://www.cengagebrain.com.au/shop/search/9781473719026. The eBook is available for 5 years both online and offline via the VitalSource platform.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Jacqueline Larkin Unit Coordinator
jacqueline.larkin@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction to Global HRM

Chapter

1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

The Cultural Context of IHRM

Chapter

2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

The Organisational Context

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

IHRM in Cross-border mergers and acquisitions, International Alliances, and SMEs

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Sourcing human resources for global markets – staffing, recruitment and selection 

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Essay Due: Week 5 Friday (6 Apr 2018) 5:00 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

International Performance Management

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

International Compensation

Chapter

8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

International Training, Development & Careers (pp174 - 188)

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

International Training, Development & Careers (pp189 - 207)

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Case Study Report Due: Week 9 Friday (11 May 2018) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

International industrial relations and the global institutional context

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

IHRM Trends and Future Challenges

Chapter

10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Review and Revision

Chapter

1-10 inclusive

Events and Submissions/Topic


Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Essay

Task Description

Before you commence this assessment, you must read and follow all the instructions as per the assessment guidelines (including the assessment rubric) available from the Moodle site.


This assessment requires you to write an essay in response to the following question:

Explain the term 'culture shock' and discuss the IHRM policies and practices that could be used to manage this. In your response, outline an organisational example that has effectively managed 'culture shock'.


Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature from the CQU library databases and quality business press publications such as Harvard Business Review. You must cite at least six (6) relevant peer reviewed journal articles (absolute minimum requirement). You can cite other academic references such as books, conference papers, and book chapters but these will NOT be counted as part of the six (6) journal articles.

Length: 1,200 words ± 10%


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (6 Apr 2018) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (27 Apr 2018)

Assessments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed. However, sometimes there might be a delay pending contingencies. Also, late submissions will result in significant delays in returning your assessments.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Your essay will be assessed on the extent to which it meets each of the following criteria: Introduction (10%); Understanding of the question (30%); Organization, development and support (30%); Quality and clarity of thought (20%); Mechanics, Grammar and Proofing (10%).

Further details on each assessment criteria is outlined in the assessment rubric.

Penalty for late submission without approval if applicable [(-5%× 20/day = -1.0 marks/day)]

Important: Plagiarism will be reported to the Academic Services Centre of the University and may result in a “zero” mark.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Only MS Word document (doc and docx only). Other types are not acceptable. Documents that cannot go through Turnitin or cannot be opened will not be marked.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Discuss the theories that inform the study of International Human Resource Management
  • Critically analyse the significance of organisations adopting International Human Resource Management policies and practices
  • Identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of International Human Resource Management.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Case Study Report

Task Description

Before you commence this assessment, you must read and follow all the instructions as per the assessment guidelines (including the assessment rubric) available from the Moodle site.


This assessment requires you to analyse and write a report based on the discussion questions for the case study.


You are an external consultant that has been engaged to advise the Board of Directors of an Australian technology organisation that has successfully expanded its business internationally, but recently, has been experiencing organisational culture issues across its subsidiaries. Two years ago, the organisation opened up its first subsidiary in New Zealand. At the time, in order to maintain the organisation's corporate identity, the HR Manager had decided that the same HR policies and practices would be used in the subsidiary that are used in the Australian parent company. Last year, the organisation opened a second subsidiary in Indonesia and following the strategy that was decided upon at the time that the organisation first went international, the same HR policies and practices are also being used in the Indonesian subsidiary. However, the HR policies and practices are not nearly as effective in the Indonesian subsidiary as in the Australian or New Zealand businesses. The organisation's HR policy of rewarding outstanding performance by individual employees appears to be having a negative effect on team performance and cohesion.


Case Study Questions:

1. Relate the case study scenario to the cultural dimensions identified by Hofstede and explain the issues faced by the organisation.

2. Provide recommendations on how to address the issues.


Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature from the CQU library databases and quality business press publications such as Harvard Business Review, particularly in relation to international human resource management, international performance management and compensation to answer the two case study questions. You must cite at least ten (10) relevant peer reviewed journal articles (absolute minimum requirement). You can cite other academic references such as books, conference papers, and book chapters but these will NOT be counted as part of the ten (10) journal articles.

Length: 1,800 words ± 10% including executive summary, introduction, headings and subheadings, recommendation and conclusion but excluding title page and reference list)


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (11 May 2018) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (25 May 2018)

Assessments will be returned after the marking and moderation processes are completed. However, sometimes there might be a delay pending contingencies. Also, late submissions will result in significant delays in returning your assessments.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Your case study report will be assessed on the extent to which it meets each of the following criteria: Analysis (30%); Integration of literature with case (25%); Research (25%); Presentation, referencing, organisation, structure, communication (20%).

Further details on each assessment criteria is outlined in the assessment rubric.

Penalty for late submission without approval if applicable [(-5%× 40/day = -2.0 marks/day)]

Important: Plagiarism will be reported to the Academic Services Centre of the University and may result in a “zero” mark.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Only MS Word document (doc and docx only). Other types are not acceptable. Documents that cannot go through Turnitin or cannot be opened will not be marked.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Critically analyse the significance of organisations adopting International Human Resource Management policies and practices
  • Identify and critically evaluate the most important issues that impact on the practice of International Human Resource Management.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
40%

Length
120 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No calculators permitted
Closed Book
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