• Class Number 2389
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Anas Iqtait
    • Dr Anas Iqtait
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course provides an understanding of the role of human resource management (HRM) in international contexts. The course is divided into three areas of study: the context of international HRM, strategic and functional HRM in international contexts, and comparative international contexts. Specific topics include globalisation, work and labour regulation; strategic HRM issues in international contexts; issues related to host, home and third country nationals; recruitment, selection, training, development and compensation in international contexts, expatriation and repatriation. Studies of the HR context of selected countries are also included.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand issues, opportunities and challenges pertaining to international HRM;
  2. Develop competency in dealing with cross cultural situations;
  3. Understand the strategic and functional roles of HRM in various international contexts, specially in areas such as recruitment and selection, performance management, training, learning and development, career management, compensation, motivation and repatriation;
  4. Understand external forces (e.g. globalisation, sociocultural changes, political and economic changes) that have the potential to shape international HRM; and
  5. Develop generic and transferable skills-especially in diagnosing international HRM issues critically and analytically, conducting research for the purpose of discussing specific cases relating to international HRM, evaluating alternative approaches and defending the recommendations with evidence, and developing confidence in conducting training workshops.

Research-Led Teaching

Research-Led Teaching includes:

·       Critical discussion of contemporary research in international human resource management;

·       In-class activities and critical thinking questions to help students apply international human resource management concepts to organisation scenarios;

·       The assessment in the course requires students to do independent research on a chosen topic of international human resource management;

·       Review and discussion of research on international human resource management through team presentations.

Field Trips

There are no field trips.

Additional Course Costs

There are no additional class costs.

Examination Material or equipment

This course has a final examination. Further instructions will be advised in Lecture and on Wattle. Examination information will be available closer to the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/

Required Resources

  1. Dowling, P.J., Festing, M. & Engle, A. D. International Human Resource Management, 7th Edition, Cengage Learning. 7th Edition, Cengage Learning. ISBN13: 978-1-4737-1902-6, Available in e-print and from Harry Hartog Booksellers . A copy of the textbook will be held in the ANU library reserve & short loan collection.
  2. Research Articles - These are the nine (9) articles listed in the weekly Class Overview - articles are also available on Wattle.  

The journals listed below are available on the ANU library database.

Human Resource Management Specialist Journals - International Journal of Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management (U.S.), Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Human Resource Management Review. 

International Business Specialist Journals - Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management, Journal of World Business.

Management Journals - The following journals cover a range of topics in management, including International HRM: Academy of Management Review (conceptual articles only),

Academy of Management Journal (empirical articles only), Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews (literature reviews of topics in management). 

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written feedback to individuals for the annotated bibliography;
  • Written feedback to groups for the team presentations;
  • Verbal comments through discussions in the seminars.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Seminar 1 - Week 1: Introduction to International Human Resource Management Required reading: Chapter 1 & Cooke, F. L., Wood, G., Wang, M., & Veen, A. (2018). How far has international HRM travelled? A systematic review of literature on multinational corporations (2000–2014). Human Resource Management Review. In press 2019.
2 Seminar 2 - Week 2: The Cultural Context of International HRM Required reading: Chapter 2 & Farndale, E., Raghuram, S., Gully, S., Liu, X., Phillips, J. M., & Vidovic, M. (2017). A vision of international HRM research. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 28(12), 1625-1639.
3 Seminar 3 - Week 3: The Organisational Context of International HRM Required reading: Chapter & Al Ariss, A., & Sidani, Y. (2016). Comparative international human resource management: Future research directions. Human Resource Management Review, 26(4), 352-358.
4 Seminar 4 - Week 4: IHRM in Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, International Alliances and SMEs Required reading: Chapter 4 & Hajro, A. (2015). Cultural influences and the mediating role of socio-cultural integration processes on the performance of cross-border mergers and acquisitions. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(2), 192-215.
5 Seminar 5 - Week 5: Sourcing Human Resources for Global Markets Required reading: Chapter 5 & Cascio, W. F., & Boudreau, J. W. (2016). The search for global competence: From international HR to talent management. Journal of World Business, 51(1), 103-114. Annotated Bibliography due 23rd March
6 Seminar 6 - Week 6: International Performance Management; & International Training, Development and Careers. Required reading: Chapter 6 & Chapter 7 & Engle, Sr, A. D., Festing, M., & Dowling, P. J. (2015). Gaining altitude on global performance management processes: a multilevel analysis. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 26(15), 1955-1964; & Latukha, M., Doleeva, A., Järlström, M., Jokinen, T., & Piekkari, R. (2016). Does corporate language influence career mobility? Evidence from MNCs in Russia. European Management Journal, 34(4), 363-373.
7 Seminar 7 - Week 7: Group Presentations - Case Analysis Case Analysis Written Reportanalysis due (if scheduled for Week 7) Case Analysis Presentation due in class (if scheduled for Week 7)
8 Seminar 8 - Week 8: Group Presentations - Case Analysis Case Analysis Written Reportanalysis due (if scheduled for Week 8) Case Analysis Presentation due in class (if scheduled for Week 8)
9 Seminar 9 - Week 9: International Compensation Required reading: Chapter 8 & Kang, H., & Shen, J. (2015). Transfer or localize? International reward and compensation practices of South Korean multinational enterprises in China. Asia Pacific Business Review, 21(2), 211-227.
10 Seminar 10 - Week 10: International Industrial Relations and the Global Institutional Context Required reading: Chapter 9 & Gunnigle, P., Pulignano, V., Edwards, T., J Belizón, M., Navrbjerg, S., Olsen, K. M., & Susaeta, L. (2015). Advancing understanding on industrial relations in multinational companies: Key research challenges and the INTREPID contribution. Journal of Industrial Relations, 57(2), 146–165.
11 Seminar 11 - Week 11: Trends and Future Challenges Required reading: Chapter 10
12 Seminar 12 - Week 12: Course Revision

Tutorial Registration

Not relevant

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Annotated Bibliography 30 % 23/03/2020 01/04/2020 1,2,3,4
Case analysis (Group Assignment) 30 % 20/04/2020 08/05/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Final Exam 40 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are encouraged to read the weekly chapter and the associated research or theory article and to participate in discussion during the weekly seminars. Knowledge gained through seminar discussion, working in-class with peers, and reviewing model questions and answers, will assist students to prepare for the assessment items, including the final exam.


The final exam will be a 2-hour exam. Part A - Multiple Choice Questions – 20 marks; Part B - Short Answer Questions – 10 marks; Part C - Essay Question - 10 marks. Total weighting for the final exam is 40 marks or 40%.

Examination information will be available closer to the examination period at https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/ 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 23/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 01/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Annotated Bibliography

Students are required to choose an International HRM topic and prepare a 1,000 word annotated bibliography for the topic. Students must select one of the following topics: 1) The performance of cross-border mergers and acquisitions; 2) Talent management in International HRM; 3) Performance management in International HRM; 4) Career mobility & International HRM; 5) Rewards and Compensation in International HRM; 6) Industrial Relations in Multinational Companies, and select two scholarly journal articles related to the topic. A marking rubric and further guidance will by provided on Wattle during Week 2.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 08/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Case analysis (Group Assignment)

For the case analysis, students will work in groups of five (5) to analyse the case provided on Wattle. Students are required to deliver a 12 minute presentation that summarises the relevant International HRM issues and provides recommendations on the desirable course of action and problem resolution. Students are expected to undertake research to strengthen the case analysis and recommendations and submit a 1500 word report of their analysis.

Student presentations will be recorded to assist with marking this aspect of the assessment. Groups will be required to complete a team contribution form indicating the level of contribution from each student in the group. In instances where group members do not contribute equally, individual marks will be adjusted to reflect contribution.

All members of the group should be involved in the research, analysis, and development of recommendations for the case. All group members should also be involved in the development of the power points and write up of the 1500 word report. Group members can collectively allocate specific tasks to individuals, however, the distribution of work should be evident in the group contribution form which must be signed by everyone in the group and submitted along with power points, prior to presenting. In instances where group members do not contribute equally, individual marks will be adjusted to reflect contribution.

Students will be able to select their group members on Wattle starting in Week 1.

Students will receive their case analysis grades within two weeks following the seminar when presentations occur.

Marking Breakdown

Written Report- 20%

Presentation- 10%

A rubric with marking criteria is provided on Wattle at least two weeks prior to due date.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Exam

The final exam will be a 2-hour exam. Part A - Multiple Choice Questions – 20 marks; Part B - Short Answer Questions – 10 marks; Part C - Essay Question - 10 marks. Total weighting for the final exam is 40 marks or 40%.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

All requests for extensions to assessment in RSM courses must be submitted to the RSM School Office with a completed application form and supporting documentation. The RSM Extension Application Form and further information on this process can be found at https://www.rsm.anu.edu.au/education/education-programs/notices-for-students/extension-application-procedure/

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All assignments will be graded and feedback will be provided either:

  • Via the course Wattle site,
  • and where appropriate in person by appointment with the course lecturer.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Assignments cannot be resubmitted.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Anas Iqtait

Research Interests

International business, International trade, international economic relations.

Dr Anas Iqtait

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