SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

International human resource management

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Term 1

This course introduces the basic concepts of International Human Resource Management, by examining the functions and processes of HRM and discussing the operation of HRM within the UK and US. The course then focuses on the regions that are the concern of the MSc programmes: China, Japan and MENA, and asks to what degree the UK/US model of HRM can be applied in those regions. The role and operation of both ‘home-grown’ and ‘western-style’ HRM is further examines in both the lectures and tutorials.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objectives of the course are: to introduce basic concepts expressed in international Human Resource Management (HRM); to explore the application of key HRM systems in the MSc regions of China, Japan, the Middle East and North Africa (referred to below as "the regions"); to question how far British/ American concepts of HRM apply in the MSc regions
By the end of the course students shtould have an understanding of how HRM contributes to operations in their region of interest


This module consists of a 1-hour weekly lecture over 10 weeks of term plus a revision lecture in term 3 as preparation for the final examination. Students will be supplied with a syllabus with a breakdown week by week of required and additional reading. Reading materials are usually accessed electronically from the BLE and students should come to class prepared.

This module also has a weekly 1-hour tutorial where the questions posed by the tutor relevant to the lecture are explored and discussed by the students. Students also prepare and deliver a short presentation.

Total Work load:
Students on this module will have 2 taught hours each week. Additionally, adequate personal study time should be allocated for reading and class preparation.

Method of assessment

Assessment for this module is in three elements:

  1. One tutorial presentation at 10%
  2. One essay of 2,500 words at 30%
  3. One unseen 2-hour written examination at 60%

All elements except the presentation may be resubmitted.

Suggested reading

  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • Briscoe, Dennis & Randall S. Schuler (2004). International Human Resource Management. Taylor & Francis
  • Budhwar, Pawan ed., (2004). Managing Human Resources in Asia-Pacific. Routledge.
  • Budhwar, Pawan & Kamel Mellahi eds. (2006). Managing Human Resources in the Middle-East. Routledge


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