The global economy affects the way we manage our human resources. HR professionals must be able to recognise the impact of political, economic and cultural forces on HR practices.

This course, Global Human Resource Management, offers critical perspectives on the management of human resources in an international context. You'll examine the global human resource challenges including issues such as international strategic HRM, cross-cultural HRM issues, HRM practice multinational enterprises (MNEs) and managing diversity in different countries/regions between different cultures.

You'll also analyse the various external business and cultural influences and environments in the Asia?Pacific region to demonstrate the differing human resources policies and practices. HR policies, practices and philosophies in various countries will be discussed within a theoretical framework of international HRM.


Course coordinator

Dr Nuttawuth Muenjohn, Senior Lecturer - School of Management

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply conceptual frameworks for assessing human resources management (HRM) systems in different cultural/national settings;
  • Examine the operations of HR practices in multinational enterprises;
  • Analyse the influence of international forces on HRM discipline;
  • Assess contemporary issues and future trends of HRM as an international activity; and
  • Assess the viability of transferring HRM practices across countries.


Assessment for this course will occur at various times across the seven-week teaching period. In most cases, assessment should follow a similar structure to the below:

  • A short assessment may occur in the first couple of weeks, driven mostly by peer-assessment or objective feedback as is the case of a survey quiz or contribution to discussion.
  • Assessments that occur mid-study period (approximately week 2 to 5) will have a highly formative purpose, like an extended case study or a scenario role play. These are intended to provide an indication of performance and occur at this time to enable positive changes to future performance.
  • Final assessments are usually summative, and generally draw the course's threshold concepts together. Your previous assessments will have directly prepared you for a summative-style assessment.

Rich, online feedback will be provided to you throughout the teaching period on practical exercises and by individual consultation, ideally within five business days.

Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your RMIT Student Enrolment Advisor on 1300 701 171 for more information based on your particular circumstances.