For many years, human resource management was seen as the "poor relation" of the business functions. Limited to a low-key administrative role, concerned with employee welfare and payroll administration, or at best a trouble-shooting role concerned with resolving labour-management conflicts, human resource professionals were rarely seen as having any significant role to play in determining the organisation's overall strategy. In the words of Peter Drucker, personnel was the "trash can".
How things have changed. Increasingly, managers are now realising that the key resource determining the effectiveness of an organisation is its human resources: its people. As long ago as the late 1970s and early 1980s, North American and European managers were beginning to realise that what made Japanese businesses so different, so superbly competitive, was their approach to managing people.
The American management consultants, Peters and Waterman, searching for examples of business excellence in the US, decided that the key lay in the distinctive cultures of their "excellent" businesses.
Current debates in strategic management focus on the conditions for the creation of sustainable competitive advantage. It is becoming clear that many of the traditional marketing and product development bases of competitive strategy can be imitated by competitors relatively easily - the advantage gained through such strategies is often simply not sustainable.
This is less the case with human resource management. The way an organisation treats its staff, an organisation's culture and its approach to teamwork and innovation are all potentially distinctive and value-creating characteristics that have the potential to create competitive advantage.
Furthermore, the very idiosyncrasy and social complexity of such characteristics means that once created any advantage is likely to be sustainable simply because competitors will find it difficult to imitate.
Unit 1: Approaches to International Human Resource Management
What is human resource management?
What is international HRM?
Unit 2: Context of International HRM
The organisational context
The cultural context
Unit 3: Staffing the Organisation
Human resource planning
Approaches to international staffing
Integration without parent-country expatriates
Selecting host- and third-country nationals
International differences in selection practices
Unit 4: Managing Performance in an International Context
What is performance management?
Appraising individual performance
Expatriate performance management
Appraising host-country nationals
Unit 5: Training and Developing the International Workforce
Training and career development for expatriates
Training and development of host-country nationals
Training and culture in the local environment
Developing a global perspective
Unit 6: Reward Management for International HRM
Aims of international reward management
Components of international remuneration
Approaches to international reward management
Pay and motivation in an international context
Unit 7: Repatriation Policies and Practices
The repatriation process
Career development issues
Easing the repatriation process
Unit 8: Employee Relations and the International Firm
Trade union recognition
Country of origin and employee relations
Response from labour
Regional integration and employee relations
Unit 9: Issues and Challenges in International HRM
Country case studies: China and India
Social responsibility in an international context
On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: International Human Resource Management Diploma
International Human Resource Management Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
With this course you will have unlimited access to your own personal tutor who specialises in their field of study. It is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.
You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!
Requirements for Entry
There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.
This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 135 hrs.
After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.
* All study materials
* Study Guide
* Full Tutor and Admin support
For this course, you will be required to purchase the following textbook:
Peter J Dowling, Denice E Welch and Randall S Schuler (1999) International Human Resource Management: Managing People in a Multinational Context, third edition, Cincinatti, OH: South-Western College Publishing.