University of South Wales: International Human Resource Management

InstitutionUniversity of South Wales
Department Business School
Web http://www.southwales.ac.uk
Email enquiries@southwales.ac.uk
Telephone 03455767778
Study type Taught

Summary

The globalisation of business means that the management of people has become an international activity. It cannot be assumed that what is effective in one country can be automatically transferred to another country, even when it is within the same organisation.

Additionally, in today’s dynamic and turbulent world, in addition to technical expertise in particular HR functions, managers need to understand national differences and how to manage in cross-cultural environments. They need to be aware of how to organise processes and projects across national boundaries. They need to be able to analyse the impact of different national and institutional contexts on firm structures, innovation processes and work organisation. They need to be aware of the broader societal and wider environmental consequences of their actions and the way in which national and international legal frameworks can impact upon policies, practices and procedures. They need to be sensitive to changing social expectations and especially how new technologies will impact upon employment. They to understand what skills and competencies complement HR manager[s] in such complex contexts, and to adapt creatively and effectively to challenges in a fast-moving environment.

Therefore, it is essential that today’s international HR manager combines specialist technical knowledge with a strong understanding of wider factors and contexts such as the social, political and ethical context of business in a globalised world.

This course is also designed to help develop careers in Human Resource Management (HRM), but specifically with an International focus. It is particularly suitable if some, or all, of your career will involve working outside the UK or if you have an interest in global employment issues; and will equip students with a critical grasp of the issues, themes and challenges central to managing people, whatever the context. The course will suit people seeking, or have already have a career in managing people or as a specialist HR professional in any part of the world. Its international focus is particularly relevant if your career plans involve working in countries other than your own, international organisations within your home country (including the UK), or simply wish learn about HRM practice[s] worldwide.

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