HRM40770 International HRM

Academic Year 2021/2022

This is a module in international human resource management (IHRM). Its primary focus is to account for the employment and human resource practices of multinational companies (MNCs). The starting point is that MNCs are powerful actors. They exercise considerable influence over governments, international and national institutions, and workforces. In this module we assess how MNCs of different national origin seek to manage the employment relationship in their overseas subsidiaries across a variety of institutional settings and business sectors. In doing so, the module will survey the scholarly research on MNCs in both the HRM and international business (IB) literatures. The module begins by examining a series of inter-related topics, including varieties of MNCs, institutional influences acting on MNSc, and understanding power within and beyond the MNC. We look at MNCs from around the globe, including Europe, America (North and South) and Asia. The module then turns to examine practical issues confronting international managers such global talent management, international assignments, performance management, mergers and acquisitions and employee voice. In this segment of the course we will draw on particular cases and have a number of practitioners join us in class. A case site visit to a major MNC in the Dublin area will also be organised..

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should have acquired:
- an in-depth knowledge of the dominant theories and concepts within the IHRM/IB literature;
- an in-depth understanding of the influences shaping MNCs' employment and HR practices;
- the ability to reflect critically on different approaches to IHRM practice;
- the ability to recognise and address ethical dilemmas in regard to the IHRM practices of MNCs;
- an appreciation of the difficulties of undertaking research in large multinational companies.

Indicative Module Content:

See purpose and overarching content of module above.

Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Graded Yes


Continuous Assessment: Group presentation (20%) and individual assignment (20%) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Maria Belizón Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 15:00 - 16:50

Discover our Rankings and Accreditations