MG478      Half Unit
Globalisation and Human Resource Management (formerly ID438)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

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This course is compulsory on the MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Human Resource Management/CIPD) and MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management). This course is available on the MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Also available as an option to students on the MPhil/PhD in Management: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour.

Course content

This course examines the human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) strategies of global corporations, with the aim of understanding both the causes of different strategic choices and the consequences of these strategies for diverse stakeholders. It takes the perspective that HRM/ER strategies are influenced by a range of variables, including internal business strategy and resources, as well as external factors such as national legislation, business systems and culture, and regional and global institutions.

In the course modules, we will:

  • Evaluate the strategic choices facing global corporations, including the choice between adopting highly centralized or predominantly decentralized HR policies; HR considerations in the outsourcing and offshoring of work; and the role of HRM in managing international mergers and acquisitions.
  • Analyze how institutions and culture affect compensation strategies and employee participation policies – as well as the implications of these policies for economic inequality and employee well-being.
  • Analyze the factors shaping different patterns of migration and discrimination.
  • Evaluate how regional institutions such as the European Union and multilateral institutions such as the ILO affect the HRM/ER strategies and policies of global firms.
  • Examine how consumer pressure, coupled with corporate social responsibility programs, encourage global firms to extend their HRM/ER policies to their supply chain.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay during Lent Term and one class presentation.

Indicative reading

Edwards, T. and C. Rees. (2011) International Human Resource Management: Globalization, National Systems, and Multinational Companies (2nd Edition). Essex: Pearson Education, Ltd. Harzing, A-W. and Ruysseveldt, J. V. (2004) International Human Resource Management, Second Edition. London: Sage Publications. Rubery, J. and D. Grimshaw (2003) The organization of employment: An International Perspective. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, NY: Palgrave McMillan. Catteneo, O., G. Gereffi, and C. Staritz (2010) Global Value Chains in a Postcrisis World. The World Bank Press.


Exam (75%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 2000 words).

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Lecture capture used 2014/15: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication