Not available in 2015/16
MG4D1      Half Unit
International and Comparative Human Resource Management (formerly ID411)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

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

Course content

The course deals with the policies that organisations adopt to deal with a range of human resource issues, and develops an international and comparative perspective.

The course considers managerial human resource policies in their institutional, social and market contexts in advanced industrial countries. As an integrating perspective, the lectures analyse how different employment systems shape organisations' HR strategies and policies. The course looks at problems of human resource management in international firms, training, migration, knowledge management, rewards, equal opportunities, employment flexibility, participation, and employer collective action all within the context of different types of employment systems.


20 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT. 3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of seminars in the ST.

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


Indicative reading

Students are expected to read widely in the appropriate journals; a detailed reading list will be provided at the start of the course. Some useful texts include: D W Marsden, A Theory of Employment Systems: microfoundations of societal diversity, Oxford University Press, 1999; Briscoe D. S Schuler R. International human resource management, Routledge, London, 2009; Boselie, Paul,  Strategic Human Resource Management: a balanced approach, McGraw-Hill, Maidenhead, 2010. J Baron & D Kreps, Strategic Human Resources: frameworks for general managers, Wiley, New York, 1999; A-W Harzing & J van Ruysseveldt (Eds), International Human Resource Management, 2004;  C Crouch, D Finegold & M Sako, Are Skills the Answer? The political economy of skill creation in advanced industrial societies, Oxford University Press, 1999; K Koike, Human resource development; Japanese Economy & Labor Series, No 2, Japan Institute of Labor, Tokyo, 1997; D Rousseau & R Schalk (Eds), Psychological Contracts in Employment: cross-national perspectives, Sage, 2000; J Rubery & D Grimshaw, The Organization of Employment: an international perspective, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2003.


Exam (67%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (33%) in the LT.

Students complete an assessed essay during the Easter vacation, which counts for one third of their assessment, and a summer examination, which counts for two thirds.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

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