HR9509 - Global, Comparative and Cross-Cultural HRM

What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of managers, employees and organisations in a global and cross cultural context, both theoretically and in practice.

Within this module, you will cover the following main topics:

Introduction to International Human Resource Management (IHRM), Cross cultural management and comparative management and the differences and similarities of HRM and IHRM
Cross Cultural Theory
Cultural Dimensions of HR and Management Practices
Environmental factors in relation to IHRM and Cross Cultural Management
Recruitment and Selection in an international context
Training and Development in an international context
Compensation and benefits in an international context
Performance Management in an international context
Re-entry and career issues/management
Ethical and responsibility issues in IHRM
Cross Cultural and International Human Resource management in an example country

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars.

The lectures will provide you with a theoretical underpinning of the module content, supported by seminars which will give you an opportunity to explore the underpinning theory and practical applications relating to your studies in this module

These will be supported by e-portal learning activities that will permit you to undertake further study and research independently.

The module has a supporting comprehensive reading list. You are expected to refer to this.

Your directed study will support the work you have undertaken in the contact sessions. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with your seminar exercises.

Independent learning time is set aside for learning activities, self-identified by you, to gain a deeper and broader knowledge of the subject.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Support will be provided to you by a team of academic staff providing the lecture and seminar input. Seminars are normally in groups of about 20 students, which provide a closer, more personal level of academic support. These seminars are typically based on study programme cohorts, so you will be taught here alongside fellow members from your particular degree.

Your module is supported by an e-learning portal, which houses lecture materials, seminar exercises alongside assessment details and various e-learning support facilities such as indicated above.

You will be provided with a wide-ranging electronic reading list that comprises of various academic, conference and journal articles, academic text books and other appropriate media.

The module assessment consists of a summative assessment as indicated above together with formative assessment that will take place through in class group work, assignment discussion and reflection, case study activity, and theory/practice related discussions together with discussion board activity on the e-learning platform.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Acquire knowledge of contemporary professional practice in global, comparative and cross-cultural HRM informed by theory and research. (MLO1)

• Apply knowledge of HRM in both global and cross-cultural contexts to complex problems in professional practice in order to identify justifiable, sustainable and responsible solutions. (MLO2)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in cross-cultural context. (MLO3)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Creatively assess this broader assessment of HRM; thereby demonstrate critical thinking skills that involve independence, understanding, justification and the ability to challenge the thinking of self and others. (MLO4)

• Acquire an awareness of the cultural and ethical contexts in which international business operates from the perspective of the HRM discipline. (MLO5)

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be in the form of a module assessment which consists of an individual 3000 word report.

All 5 MLOs will be addressed in the summative assessment.

Formative feedback will be provided by academic staff in class during seminars and summative feedback provided through the university marking process

Formative assessment includes:
1. In class activity where formative feedback will be provided.

2. E- Learning portal activities through which you can test and refine your understanding individually.





Module abstract

You will embrace a highly internationalised context of study assessing international human resource management and management practice from a global, comparative and cross cultural perspective and evaluate the major influences of culture at all levels of organisations from strategic planning and managing expatriate and domestic employees to communicating with people from varied cultural backgrounds. Your study will encourage you to adopt an objective approach to the discussion of issues in the management of people in organisations predominantly in a global context and to enable you to adopt a critical and analytical approach to issues relating to elements of the management of people and the human resource management cycle within organisations.
You will be assessed by means of an individual assignment of 3000 words which will link to activities undertaken by you in class and your own research to develop analysis and implement solutions and discussions relating to the assignment.
Your studies here will enhance your interest in and opportunities of gaining a career path in an ever increasingly interactive cross cultural world.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 16 months

Location Singapore

City Singapore

Start September or March

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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