International Human Resource Management
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MHR009
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Business Administration;
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dr. R.J.G. Opdenakker
Other course modules lecturer
dr. S. Pajic
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dr. F. Poutsma
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Contactperson for the course
dr. R.L.J. Schouteten
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.L.J. Schouteten
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Academic year2022
3  (30/01/2023 to 09/04/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listYes
Placement procedure-
The aim of the course is to teach students from the Master's programs to critically study, research and analyse practices and theories relating to IHRM. These analytical skills will allow students to critically observe the main issues, developments and trends in the field of study.

Please note: non-Business Administration students can register for this course from the 9th of January 2022 until the 16th of January 2022. 

Globalisation processes have had a major impact on business in recent decades. Of all the functional areas within companies, Human Resource Management has been an area that has dramatically changed in this period. In this course, the implications of the internationalisation/globalisation process for human resource management in a Multinational Enterprise (MNE) are the focus of study. Since human resources are often considered to be the most important asset in today's MNEs, managing these resources effectively is essential. In a global context, the management of human resources is more complex than in a purely national context. The emerging international human resource practices have recently become a field of academic interest, and we are seeing more research with an international scope. This course provides knowledge about and understanding of these international HRM practices and theories.

The study of international human resource management is divided along the line of dilemmas, views, discussions and perspectives on the subject matter. One of the important challenges, and at the same time a great dilemma for an MNE, is finding a balance between standardising its HRM policy or adapting it to local demands. This dilemma can be related to the discussion of converging vs. diverging trends with regard to HRM practices. Because the role of culture and cultural differences is recognised as essential for MNEs, the influence of national culture on HRM policies and practices will be part of the study. Another influential factor affecting HRM concerns institutions such as governments (via labour legislation), trade unions and employers' associations (negotiations on working conditions) and supranational institutions, such as the European Commission and the International Labour Organization. As part of the comparative research, both the culturalist and institutionalist perspectives will be brought into the course. During the course, attention will also be paid to specific research methodologies in international research, and the role of culture in international HRM research will be highlighted.

Teaching method

The course is divided into lectures by the HRM staff and by the IM department staff and guest lecturers. The course material is studied in greater depth by writing essays and analysing case studies.


Presumed foreknowledge
This course is obligatory for International Management students.Other students should have passed the HRM/OB course in the Bachelor's Programme in Management or be enrolled in the first semester of the SHRM Master's programme.
Test information
Individual essay and group paper. The group paper remains valid for other years.

Ma 1

Required materials
To be announced
Reiche, B.s., Harzing, A-W., & Tenzer, H. (2019). International Human Resource Management. 5th Edition. Sage, London.
Title:International Human Resource Management.
Author:Reiche, B.S., Harzing, A-W., & Tenzer, H. (2019).
Publisher:Sage, London

Instructional modes
Type of instructional modeCourse

lectures + group assignments

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock 3, Block 4