International and Comparative Human Resource Management - BUSN7530

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International and Comparative Human Resource Management aims to provide an analysis of the HRM systems in seven countries: USA, Germany, Sweden, France, Italy, China and India. Students will be introduced to the main concepts and theories through readings and discussions of the main authors in the field.
Within a broad historical context, an international comparative approach will be adopted to consider the development of the relationship between national governments, employers and trade unions. This will include an investigation of the development and decline of employment relations systems and the emergence of human resource management.


Contact hours

Lectures 11
Seminars 10
Private study 34
Preparation for seminars 20
Preparation for
Module tasks 30
Preparation for assignments 45

Total hours 150

Method of assessment

Group Presentation 10%
Timed essay 20%
Final examination – 2 hour, closed book 70%

Indicative reading

Bamber, G. Lansbury, R. and Wailes N. (2011) International & Comparative Employment Relations, 5th Edition, London: Sage

Crawley, E., Swailes, S. and Walsh, D. (2013) Introduction to International Human Resource Management, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Dowling, P., Festing, M. and Engle, A. (2013) International Human Resource Management, 6th Edition, Andover: Cengage Learning

Harzing, A. and Pinnington, A. (2011) International Human Resource Management, 3rd Edition, Sage

Reman, T. and Wilkinson, A. (2008) Contemporary Human Resource Management, 3rd Edition, London: Prentice Hall

Williams, S. and Adam-Smith D. (2006) Contemporary Employment Relations: A Critical Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

11.1 Understand and evaluate comparative international employment relations systems
11.2 Critically understand the relationship between the management of human resources and the management of employment relations
11.3 Acquire a coherent and detailed understanding of the development of employment relations and human resource management in emerging and established economies
11.4 Critically evaluate the conflicting interpretations of the forces of convergence and divergence in the sample countries
11.5 Assess contemporary theoretical developments around HRM & employment relations

12. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
12.1 Organise and present an analysis as a considered viewpoint
12.2 Select, organise and synthesise complex information from a variety of sources
12.3 Contribute effectively to organisational decision making in the context of preparing a
group presentation
12.4 Communicate effectively orally and in writing
12.5 Communicate to different audiences using appropriate media
12.6 Demonstrate efficient time management skills


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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