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

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 11

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

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
Coursework INDIVIDUAL REPORT (2000 WORDS) 40
Examination Online ONLINE OPEN BOOK EXAM (24 HOURS) 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

  • Understand the dynamics and complexities of managing human resources in an international context
  • Explore individual, strategic, cultural and regulatory factors that influence international HR
  • Develop a critical appreciation of how human resource management contributes to the success of international organisations

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Critically evaluate the opportunities and challenges involved in managing international human resources KC
002 Appreciate the differences between domestic and international HRM KCP
003 Apply relevant concepts, theoretical frameworks, and strategic approaches to managing international HR KC
004 Analyse international HR issues and exercise judgement as to how they might be overcome KCPT
005 Critically evaluate how diverse cultures and regulations influence IHRM strategies and practices KCPT

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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
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 2021/2 academic year.