Surrey University Stag


Module code: MANM010

Module Overview

 This module gives students an opportunity to explore some of the key challenges and opportunities involved in managing people around the world. We examine how cultural and institutional differences across borders shape the development of international HRM strategies and practices and forces that impact people management in multinational organizations. This module enables students to develop appreciation of international human resource management complexities and how human resource management strategy, functions, and practices can contribute to success of international firms. 

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: 84

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • International HRM practices, scope, and challenges

  • Managing cultural diversity in multinational organizations

  • Managing expatriation and repatriation

  • HR functions in multinational organizations

  • Labour standards, regulation, and CSR in multinational organizations

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Individual coursework 50
Examination Online End of year exam 4 hours 50

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate academic and practitioner knowledge of IHRM and ability to engage in critical analysis and knowledge application to address real life problems.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Individual coursework

  • The end-of-semester examination

Both units of assessment are designed to give students an opportunity to demonstrate in-depth knowledge on module topics, understanding on issue complexity, independent critical thinking and problem solving, and ability to communicate complex ideas in writing.


Feedback will be provided verbally on assessment preparation activities, by request, and rubric/in writing with assessment marks.

Module aims

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

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Ability to critically evaluate opportunities and challenges involved in managing international human resources KC
002 Understanding of the differences between domestic and international HRM KCP
003 Ability to apply relevant concepts, theoretical frameworks, and strategic approaches to management of international human resources KCP
004 Ability to analyze international people management issues and identify solutions KCPT
005 Critical understanding of influences that diverse cultures and regulations have on 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 enable students to develop theoretical and practical understanding of international people management practices, challenges, and strategic importance in success of international organizations.

The learning and teaching methods include live lecture sessions comprising formally taught and interactive learning activities to enable students’ learning with peers, develop critical thinking and practical problem-solving ability. Students are expected to engage in guided learning, independent research and reading on a weekly basis to supplement learning and prepare for assessments.

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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Other information

This module promotes all five Student Competency Framework Pillars as follows:

Global and Cultural Capabilities

The core aim of this module to engage students with knowledge and critical appreciation of cultural and national differences across borders. Students gain deeper understanding of complexities associated with management of people in multinational contexts, and ability to develop ideas and solutions to ensure fair, ethical, and socially responsible prolicies and practices.


The module is designed to equip students with a deep understanding of IHRM knowledge and challenges associated with management of workforce in multinational organisations, which is of substantial value in contemporary and globalised world of work. This module also enables students to develop critical and problem-solving skills, ability to apply knowledge in identifying challenges and finding solutions for advancement of managerial practice, and effective written communication of broad and complex ideas and knowledge.

Digital Capabilities

This module enables students’ engagement with digital content, and development of ability to identify relevant and good quality sources of knowledge online.

Resourcefulness & Resilience

This module enables students’ development to become independent critical thinkers, knowledgeable of current research and practices in international human resource management, and capable to identify solutions to real-life problems of multinational organizations.


This module supports our students’ development of ability to influence a more sustainable and ethical human resource management across borders. Sustainability in attracting, retaining and developing human resources is a key focus in people management which impacts organisational performance, reducing waste of manpower and resources. In addition, special focus on cultural, legal, and institutional differences in people management enables students to gain deeper understanding of fairness, equality, and corporate social responsibility in managerial practices of international organisations. 

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 2024/5 academic year.