Managing Organisations with an International Outlook (HRMP002)

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.


Module Co-ordinator

Dr Markus Kittler





Credit value


Contact hours

40 contact hours


50% Coursework
50% Examination 

International business and management is a ubiquitous phenomenon with organisations actively engaged or at least passively affected by the international context. In consequence, the international dimension should not be ignored but systematically approached. This module intends to familiarize learners with good practice in the field of international management focusing on organisation with an international outlook.

The module is essential and thus core to the programme as it introduces the learner to the international business environment and links its characteristics to International Human Resource Management.

Module Objectives

The purpose of the module is in line with the School’s learning goals:

  • Knowledge
  • Critical Thinking
  • Business Analysis/Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Team-working
  • Ethical and Social responsibility
  • Employability

The specific learning goals for this module are derived from the programme learning outcomes and related to the CIPD Advanced Practitioner Standards communicated for International Personnel and Development and should build a foundation to understand, explain and evaluate contexts and instruments applied in organisations pursuing international objectives. The module will relate to knowledge, skills and understanding on strategic, operational and ethical aspects developed in other core modules of the programme. Based on the knowledge acquired and understanding developed within the module, individual learners should be enabled to use the knowledge and skill set from this module as a basis to operate more effectively and efficiently in organisations with an international outlook, whether as generalist practitioner or as HRM specialist.

Learning Outcomes

Specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject:

The module content is structured within two sections. The first section of the module will introduce the learner into the field of international management and create an awareness of key trends. The lectures will look at the external environment and particularly stress the role of culture for today’s organisations. It will introduce to different forms of international business activities and familiarize the learner with key theories and debates. The second part will focus on functional aspects and look at strategy and its impact on practices, sourcing, communication and knowledge transfer. It will introduce the learner into the day-to-day world of international managers. Expatriates and other forms of global mobility and virtual assignments will be discussed. The second part of the module will finish on discussions of performance and risk management in an international context.

Generic skills:

Essay writing, team work and individual presentation and communication skills. There will set of individual presentations which will require the learner to work independent towards a given deadline and to give a presentation which is limited in time and as such requires effective time management while at the same time required to communicate a clear convincing argument. In addition, the seminar programme will provide elements of guided group work which will allow the learner to develop more effective team work skills (and as vital element of experience based learning possibly also allow the learner to experience less-effective team processes)


The combination of lecture and seminar elements discussed above is designed to enable the learner to obtain skills and knowledge related to organisations with an international outlook to actively engage and operate within such organisations which is a core learning outcome of this programme.

Preparatory Work

Ahead of the first meeting, please read and reflect on the following study by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the paper on the Harvard model and future perspectives:

  • PWC Managing tomorrow’s people The future of work to 2020, PWC 2007
  • Beer, Michael, Paul Boselie, and Chris Brewster. "Back to the Future: Implications for the Field of HRM of the Multistakeholder Perspective Proposed 30 Years Ago." Human Resource Management 54.3 (2015): 427-438.

Please note the below readings are a recommendation and not a mandatory requirement of the module.

The module can be well followed using the following two text-books:

  • Crawley, Swailes & Walsh International Human Resource Management, Oxford University Press
  • Edwards, Rees International Human Resource Management, FT Prentice Hall

As a starter on the international business environment, additional introductory information can be found:

  • Hamilton, Webster The International Business Environment, Oxford University Press
  • Harrison Business Environment in a global context, Oxford University Press


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