International Human Resources

Subject MGMT90027 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

This subject has a quota of 70.

Students will be selected into the subject as they self-enrol during the timely re-enrolment period. If the enrolment quota is exceeded, Master of International Business students will be given preference. Any students enrolling after the quota has been reached will be withdrawn from the subject and advised of the alternative subjects available.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of classes per week
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 2.5 hours of personal study per hour of class time is required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance

Prerequisites: None


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Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Jonathan Matheny, Prof Christina Cregan


Semester 1: Dr Jennifer Gao
Semester 2: Dr Jonathan Matheny

Subject Overview:

This subject will examine the challenge of managing a global workforce in an international setting. The relationships between the external environment, organisational factors, and international HRM strategies and practices will be studied from both a theoretical and empirical perspective. The key issues considered will be cultural diversity in global business; international recruitment and selection; international performance management; training and development for global workforces; international compensation and international comparison of labour relations.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Explain the cross-cultural issues in dealing with an international workforce;
  • Evaluate and analyse the relationships between the external environment, organisational factors and international HRM strategies;
  • Analyse the impact of local labour relations and employment policies on the firm's HRM strategies;
  • Analyse the implications of the differences between HRM in domestic and international settings; and
  • Identify changes in international human resource management practice.
  • 1500 word individual case study analysis, due Weeks 6-8 (25%)
  • 1500 word individual assignment, due towards the end of the semester (25%)
  • 2 hour end-of-semester examination (50%)

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills, which should be developed through group discussion and major project work;
  • Communication skills and collaborative learning, which should be developed through group work and oral presentations in class;
  • Application of theory to practice, which should be enhanced by analysing case studies;
  • Synthesis of information, which should be fostered by evaluating international HRM strategies and practices; and
  • Research, both in terms of accessing the appropriate material and analysing this information.

Related Course(s): Master of Human Resource Management
Master of International Business
Master of International Business
Master of Management
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Master of Management (Human Resources)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 150 Point Master of International Business
150 Point Master of Management (Human Resources)

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