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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. Clearly articulate the differences between domestic and international human resource management through a variety of skill-based activities.
  2. Identify and synthesize complex topics within 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 an 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 Board Postings (Weeks 1-8) - 10 pts per week

80 points

30%

Individual Writing Assignments (Weeks 1-8) - 10 pts per week

80 points

35%

Case Analysis (select one of the seven cases at the end of the book) (Week 7)

20 points

10%

Video Review (Week 8)

20 points

10%

Final Reflection / Application Paper (Week 8)

40 points

15%

Total

240 points

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Dowling, P.J., M. Festing & A.D. Engle. International Human Resource Management. 6th ed. Revised. Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN-13: 9781408032091

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

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: Introduction
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture material
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper

2

6

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

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2: The Cultural Context of IHRM
    • Chapter 3: The Organizational Context
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture materials
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper

3

3,6

Topics: Mergers and Acquisitions and Sourcing Human Resources

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4: Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Chapter 5: Sourcing Human Resources
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture materials
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper

4

1,2,6

Topic: International Performance Management

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6: International Performance Management
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture materials
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper

5

3,4,6

Topic: International Training and Development

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7: International Training and Development
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture materials
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper

6

6

Topic: International Compensation

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8: International Compensation
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture materials
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper

7

4,6

Topic: International Industrial Relations/Performance Management

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9: International Industrial Relations
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture materials
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper
  • Submit Case Analysis Study

8

4,6

Topic: IHRM Trends

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10: IHRM Trends and Future Challenges
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Review lecture materials
  • Participate in the discussions
    • Students need to post their own responses and respond to three other students to earn full credit.
  • Submit Assignment: Article Reflection Paper
  • Submit Video Review
  • Submit Final Paper

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