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Examines the impact of culture on the process of managing human resources in multinational or global corporations. Topics examined include
The conceptual and methodological challenges in international HRM research
The role of culture in shaping managerial perceptions and actions
HRM systems as cultural artefacts
Conflict between indigenous HRM frameworks
The problems of transferring HRM systems across cultural boundaries
Issues such as expatriation versus local management, selecting and preparing for international assignments, intercultural competence, cultural adaptation at the individual and system level, the management of host country nationals and joint venture partnerships, and the influence of globalisation on future HRM practice are also examined. The course also examines the global uniformity/differentiation policy debate and its implications for global organisations.