Module code: MANM010

Module Overview

The content of the International HRM module extends the subject matter of the Management of Human Resources module from Semester 1 into the international arena, and exposes students to the intercultural aspects of people management.

There are not any specific required modules or learning needed to take this module.  However, students who did not study MHR in Semester 1 may find themselves at a disadvantage when studying IHRM.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N600

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes (weekly topics):

  • International HRM in context and

  • Managing cultural diversity in multinational organizations

  • Recruitment strategies in multinational organizations

  • Managing expatriation and repatriation

  • Outside speaker lecture

  • International performance management

  • Rewarding international employees

  • International human resource development              

  • Comparative employment regulation

  • Labour standards, voluntary regulation, and CSR in MNCs

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM - 2 HOURS -CLOSED BOOK 60

Alternative Assessment

Failed coursework will be re-worked on an individual basis to an acceptable level.  

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

  • Critical application of course materials

  • Knowledge of key HR practices and how culture and institutional arrangements vary across the developed world

  • The challenges in implementing these across different national contexts

  • Ability to present solutions to problems and assess their suitability in a given context

  • Assess more than exam technique (e.g. presentation, teamwork, and research skills).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Coursework will consist of a 2,000 word assignment done in pairs (40%).

  • The end-of-semester 2 hour examination (60%) will give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge in-depth in relation to selected topics drawn from across the IHRM syllabus.

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Verbal feedback in tutorials

  • Clear explanation of marking scheme will be given for all assessments

  • Written feedback on assignments within three weeks of submission (by course tutors)

  • Office hours held weekly should further feedback be required

Module aims

  • The aims of this module are to provide participants with an understanding of the management of human resources in an international context, to examine the political and economic factors which influence the decision-making processes of multinational organizations, and the way these affect HR strategies and policies.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Identify and evaluate the challenges of cross-cultural management to organizations
2 Analyse the theoretical perspectives regarding potential challenges associated with expatriate employees and propose suitable strategies
3 Critically evaluate the differences between domestic and international HRM

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

The majority of learning will be independent learning, in line with other courses on the programmes for which this particular course is designed. The teaching will mainly be in the form of lectures and seminar-style exercises in the Lectures (e.g. case studies, mini-quizzes, open discussions, and critical evaluations of texts).

The learning and teaching methods include:



Lectures (11 x 3 hours)


Directed learning


Self-directed learning (including assignment)




Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Human Resources Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Business Management MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.