MG478      Half Unit
The Management of People in Global Companies

This information is for the 2022/23 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Katie-Anne Best


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/CIPD). This course is available on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange), MBA Exchange, MSc in Human Resources and Organisations (Organisational Behaviour) and MSc in Management (1 Year Programme). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course examines how current global factors influence the management of human resources in global enterprises. It explores how emerging digital technologies influence the forms of work and the roles of HRM in supporting digital transformation and virtual work, the roles of HRM in supporting organizational changes such as merger & acquisition or outsourcing, and how HRM can help organizations meet contemporary social expectations such as diversity and social responsibilities. This is a practical course that draws heavily on case studies to analyze current issues in HRM and good practices.  

The course discusses topics such as: digital HRM, global virtual teams, flexible work arrangement and employee wellbeing, global diversity and inclusion, HR in mergers & acquisitions, outsourcing and HR, and HR & global corporate social responsibility.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the LT.

Teaching will be supplemented by several guest speakers from leading industry practitioners. 

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

Formative coursework

Students will have the opportunity to write a management case memo based on a case discussed during the seminars. The feedback will prepare students for the summative case memos and analysis of new case in the final exam.

Indicative reading

Lazarova, M., Thomas, D. C., & Farndale, E. (2021). Essentials of International Human Resource Management: Managing People Globally. Edward Elgar Publishing.

Chong, S., Huang, Y., & Chang, C.-H. (D.). (2020). Supporting interdependent telework employees: A moderated-mediation model linking daily COVID-19 task setbacks to next-day work withdrawal. Journal of Applied Psychology, 105(12), 1408–1422. 

Farh, C. I. C., Liao, H., Shapiro, D. L., Shin, J., & Guan, O. Z. (2021). Out of sight and out of mind? Networking strategies for enhancing inclusion in multinational organizations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 106(4), 582–598.

Edwards, M. R., & Edwards, T. (2013). Employee responses to changing aspects of the employer brand following a multinational acquisition: a longitudinal study. Human Resource Management, 52(1), 27-54.


Class participation (10%).
Case analysis (30%) and take-home assessment (60%) in the ST.

For the case analysis memos, each student will be expected to provide an individual solution to issues in the case

The take home assessment consists of an unseen case analysis and an essay question.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2021/22: 126

Average class size 2021/22: 18

Controlled access 2021/22: Yes

Lecture capture used 2021/22: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Personal development skills

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