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HRM 311: Managing People in a Global Economy

Course Description

This course will focus on the large scope and complexity of HRM (Human Resource Management) and IHRM (International Human Resources Management) by defining, exploring, and uncovering the differences between domestic and international HRM, and managing people in a global economy. Topics that will be discussed included: organizational context, the context of cross-border alliances and SMEs, staffing international operations for sustained global growth, recruiting and selecting staff for international assignments, international training and development, international compensation, re-entry and career issues, IHRM in the host-country context, international industrial relations, performance management, and IHRM trends. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the differences between domestic and international human resource management through a variety of skill-based activities.
  2. Identify and synthesize complex topics within international human resource management (IHRM) which include: Organizational context, international growth, various approaches to staffing international operations, uncovering the role of the global manager, explaining the issues related to training and developing expatriates, and issue relating to HRM and work practices in the host-country context.
  3. Discuss the complexities that arise when firms move from compensation at the domestic level to compensation in an international context.
  4. Identify the basic components of a performance management system that is conscious of and responds to the organizational, national, and international elements.
  5. Examine and evaluate how international competitive pressures are affecting localpractices and the economic and ethical implications.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to construct logical/sound arguments that utilize critical thinking and writing skills.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to research, write, and present a term paper and presentation on international human resource management (IHRM) issue.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments
Points
Weight

Discussion  (10 Points Each, Weeks 1-8)

80 points

30%

Reflection Papers (10 Points Each, Weeks 1-8)

80 points

35%

Case Study Analysis (Week 7)

20 points

10%

Video Review (Week 8)

20 points

10%

Final Paper (Week 8)

60 points

25%

Total

240 points

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore

  • Thomas, David C. and Mila B. Lazarova. Essentials of International HR Management. Sage Publications, Inc., 2014. ISBN-13: 9781412995917

Optional Reading

(Note: These books will not be available through bookstore.)

  • Harzing, A.W. & Ruysseveldt. International Human Resource Management 2nd ed. Sage, 2004
  • Bamber, G.J., Lansbury, R.D. & Wailes, N. eds. International and Comparative Employment Relations: Globalisation and the Developed Market Economies 4th ed. Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2004.
  • Bamber, G.J., Park, F., Lee, C., Ross, P.K. & Broadbent, K. Employment Relations in the Asia Pacific: Changing Approaches, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2000.

Additional Resources

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th Ed., 2010. ISBN-13: 9781433805615
  • Perrin. The Pocket Guide to APA Style. 4th Ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. ISBN-13: 9781305969698
  • It is highly recommendation that students utilize Charter Oak’s library for information/research purposes.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,6

Topic: Introduction to International Human Resource Management

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper

2

6

Topics: The Cultural and Organizational Context of International Human Resources Management

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper

3

1,6

Topics: HRM Across Boundaries, and Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper

4

1,3,6

Topics: Global Staffing and Global Human Resource Development

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
    • Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper

5

1,3,6

Topics: Global Performance Management and Compensation

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper

6

1,3,4,6

Topics: International Mobility and Global Careers

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper

7

1,2,6

Topics: International Employee Representation and Corporate Global Responsibility

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper

8

1-11

Topic: Managing People in a Global Economy

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Weekly Reflection Paper
  • Complete Case Study Analysis
  • Complete Final research Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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