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International Human Resource Management

International Human Resource Management

Code: LEA4LH007
Extent: 3 ECTS (81 h)
Timing: 4th - 6th semester
Language: English
Level: Professional studies (part of ASO B)
Type: Optional

Starting level and linkage with other courses

Basic knowledge in HRM recommended. The course is part of professional specialization studies (ASO).

Learning outcomes

Students upon completing the course have developed their knowledge and competencies as HR professionals in international business context.

  • understanding the strategic view of IHRM
  • increasing awareness of the wide number of choices within IHRM practices
  • learning to understand the complexity of IHRM and the challenges of it in the global business
  • learning to assess and give suggestions for IHRM related issues in MNC context

Course contents

  • Differences between domestic and international HRM
  • Outsourcing HR
  • The role of HR in mergers and acquisitions
  • Recruiting and selecting staff for international assignments
  • Assignment Management
  • Talent Management in international context
  • International compensation

Co-operation with the business community

Visiting lecturers from business.

Learning and teaching methods

Contact tuition 32 h
Self-studying 48 h
The assessment of one's own own learning 1 h
Case assignments in teams

Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

Accreditation of prior learning (APL) is observed on the course according to separate instructions.

Teacher responsible

Anu Santala

Course materials

Edwards, T. & Rees, C. 2011. International Human Resource Management. Globalization, National Systems and Multinational Companies. Pearson Education.
Other material provided out during the course.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes and Criteria

Students' performance is graded on the following scale: Excellent (5), Very good (4), Good (3), Satisfactory (2), Fair (1), Fail (0). The assessment criteria is presented on scale 1 to 5.

Grade/
Learning Outcomes
1(min. 40% competence level) 3 (min. 70 % competence level) 5 (min. 90 % competence level)
Knowledge I can understand and describe at some level alone the strategic role of IHRM the wide number of choices in IHRM practices, and the complexity and challenges of managing human resources in global context.
I know the wide scope of HRM processes in global context.
I can describe some interdependencies among IHRM process components.
My use of theories, models and concepts is somewhat inaccurate and superficial.
I can give some real-life examples.
My use different theories is very limited and I do not present my own models.
I can understand and describe very well the strategic role of IHRM, the wide number of choices in IHRM practices, and the complexity and challenges of managing human resources in global context.
I can explain the meaning of the wide scope of HRM processes in some  global company contexts.
I can explain some interdependencies among IHRM process components.
My use of theory and specific terminology is mostly accurate.
My real-life examples are mostly relevant and accurate, and mostly support the theory.
I sometimes use different theories, but seldom present my own models.
I can fully understand and describe in depth the strategic role of IHRM, the wide number of choices in IHRM practices, and the complexity and challenges of managing human resources in global context.
I can estimate and compare the wide scope of HRM processes in different global  company contexts.
I can estimate the interdependence of IHRM process components.
My use of theory and specific terminology is very accurate.
My real-life examples are relevant and accurate, and support or challenge the theory.
I use and combine different theories to present my own models.
Skills I can partly collect, analyse and assess IHRM issues at a satisfactory level.
I can describe the IHRM processes of a company.
I can follow and discuss IHRM-related news in the media to some degree.
I can rarely offer development ideas to improve IHRM practices.
I have a limited view of the themes and can apply only some concepts and models.
I rarely use the viewpoints of other students to widen my own thinking and seldom find some connections between different perspectives.
I reflect on and improve my learning process only occasionally.
I can collect, analyse and assess IHRM issues at a good professional level.
I can assess the IHRM processes of a company.
I can follow and assess IHRM-related news in the media.
I can offer some ethical development ideas to improve IHRM practices.
I have an overall view of the themes and can mostly apply concepts and models.
I sometimes use the viewpoints of other students to enhance my own thinking and can find some connections between different perspectives.
I often reflect on and improve my learning process.
I can collect, analyse and assess IHRM issues at an excellent professional level.
I can assess the IHRM processes of a company and suggest areas needing development.
I can follow and assess critically IHRM-related news in the media.
I can further develop IHRM practices in an ethical way.
I have a holistic view of the themes and can apply concepts and models logically.
I use the viewpoints of other students to enhance my own thinking and I see the connection between different perspectives.
I actively reflect on and improve my learning process.
Competence I mostly work professionally in a multicultural team. I can sometimes engage in problem identification and analysis, and suggest some solutions to case problems.
I can discuss IHRM issues using some professional terminology.
I can prepare a description of a company’s IHRM policies and activities.
I mostly work professionally in a multicultural team.
I rarely generate new and useful ideas. My ability to understand different viewpoints is limited. My comments sometimes lack logic. I rarely respond to or further develop comments of others. I seldom offer or expect knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue. I am rarely able to use evidence appropriate to the topic.
I occasionally give and receive feedback.
I can work very professionally in a multicultural team. I can actively engage in problem identification and analysis, and solve case problems.
I can discuss IHRM issues including using professional terminology.
I can make an analysis of a company’s IHRM policies and activities at a basic level.
I can work professionally in a multicultural team.
I can often generate new and useful ideas. I understand different viewpoints and argue my opinions understandably.  Reasoning is mostly visible in my comments. I often respond to and further develop comments of others. I mostly offer and expect knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue. I am sometimes able to use evidence appropriate to the topic.
I mostly give and receive feedback effectively.
I can fully engage in problem identification and analysis, and solve case problems.
I can discuss IHRM issues using professional terminology fluently.
I can make an analysis of a company’s IHRM policies and activities at a medium level.
I can work very professionally in a multicultural team.
I can generate new and useful ideas. I question different viewpoints and argue my opinions very logically.  Reasoning is always visible in my comments. I seriously respond to and further develop comments of others. I put forth and demand knowledge that is accurate and relevant to the issue. I use evidence appropriate to the topic.
I can give and receive feedback effectively.

Assessment components and their respective weights

Case assignments 60%
Exam 40%
The assessment of one's own learning assignment does not impact your grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and your answers will be used also for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an electronic form.