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Global Human Resource and Diversity Management


Module description

This is a compulsory module on the MSc Human Resource Management and MSc Human Resource Development and Consultancy programmes offered by the Department of Organizational Psychology. It provides an overview of the theory and practice of managing a diverse workforce at the global level, HRM in multinational organisations, and international regulations and socio-cultural drivers of people management policy and practices.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Introduction to global HRM and diversity management
  • The regulatory context for global HRM and diversity management
  • Culture and cross-cultural management
  • Social constructions of diversity across geopolitical contexts
  • HRM in multinational firms
  • International assignments: expatriate management
  • Performance management and compensation in global context
  • Training and development in global context
  • Work-life balance and well-being in global context

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will:

  • understand contemporary theory and practice in the study of global human resource management and diversity management
  • be familiar with issues involved in managing a workforce characterised by diversity in nationality, ethnic origin, religion, gender and gender identity, age, sexual orientation and disability
  • recognise the issues involved in human resource management in multinational firms, including performance and pay, training and development, and work-life balance and well-being
  • be able to compare approaches taken to human resource management and diversity management in different countries and analyse the regulatory and social drivers(s) of differences and/or similarities
  • be able to critically evaluate organisational policies and practices and their impact on work behaviours, attitudes and performance.