IHC011 International human resource management and change

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Assessment Coursework
Assessment code: 011
Academic Year: 2020/2021
Trimester: 2
Module Title: International Human Resource Management and Change
Module Code: MOD005489
Level: 7
Module Leader: Dr. Jonathan Salkeld
Weighting: 80%
Word Limit: 2500 words This excludes bibliography and other items listed in rule 6.75 of the Academic Regulations: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf
Assessed Learning Outcomes 1 – 4
Submission Deadline: This assignment must be received by no later than 14:00 on Tuesday 27 April 2021

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  • This assignment must be completed individually.
  • You must use the Harvard referencing system.
  • Your work must indicate the number of words you have used. Written assignments must not exceed the specified maximum number of words.
  • Assignment submissions are to be made anonymously. Do not write your name anywhere on your work.
  • Write your student ID number at the top of every page.
  • Where the assignment comprises more than one task, all tasks must be submitted in a single document.
  • You must number all pages.

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In order to achieve full marks, you must submit your work before the deadline. Work that is submitted late – up to five working days after the published submission deadline – will be accepted and marked. However, the element of the module’s assessment to which the work contributes will be capped with a maximum mark of 40%.

Work cannot be submitted if the period of 5 working days after the deadline has passed (unless there is an approved extension). Failure to submit within the relevant period will mean that you have failed the assessment.

Requests for short-term extensions will only be considered in the case of illness or other cause considered valid by the iCentre Adviser. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.uk. A request must normally be received and agreed upon by the iCentre Adviser in writing at least 24 hours prior to the deadline. See rules 6.56-6.65: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf

Mitigation: The deadline for submission of mitigation in relation to this assignment is no later than five working days after the submission date of this work. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.uk

See rules 6.103 – 6.132: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf

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Imagine that you are a member of the HR Team within a multinational organization, which has its headquarters in the UK. Your company has decided to enter a new international market by setting up a joint venture in partnership with an overseas organization. The new international market should lie within the continent of North or South America.

You have been tasked with evaluating the way in which the national culture of the target country may impact HR strategies and practices in the new joint venture. Examples of HR strategies and practices that may be affected are talent acquisition, performance management, human resource development (HRD), or employee engagement.

You have also been tasked with assessing whether staff should be recruited locally or whether some expatriate staff from within your organization should be involved in managing HR within the new joint venture.

You have further been tasked with assessing the change issues that will be involved in setting up new HRM strategies and practices within the new joint venture.


You should choose an international organization and a potential target country (within the continent of North or South America) for the new joint venture.

  1. Analyze current HR strategies and practices within your chosen organization within the UK. Using relevant national culture models, assess how UK culture influences the manner in which HR strategies and practices are currently conducted within your organization.
  2. Analyze the national culture of your international target country, using relevant national culture models. Critically evaluate the similarities and differences between UK culture and the culture of your chosen international target country.
  3. Make recommendations as to how HR strategies and practices should be conducted within your chosen international target country. This should include an assessment of HR issues such as talent acquisition, performance management, or human resource development. It should also include an evaluation of whether staff should be recruited locally or whether expatriate staff should be employed.
  4. Make recommendations in relation to the change issues which will be involved in setting up new HR strategies and practices within the new joint venture in your target country. Use at least one relevant change model in your answer.

Note: To enable differentiated reports for this assessment, your module tutor will ask you to identify your chosen organization and the international market in which you plan to set up your joint venture and you should make this clear in your introduction. If there is duplication, your tutor will discuss an appropriate change to the focus of your research.

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  • Your report should be word-processed using font style ‘Arial or Times New Roman’ and font size 12 with 1.5 line spacing.
    • Your margins should be no less than 2 cm and presented in ‘Portrait’ page orientation with all pages numbered.
    • Your work must indicate the number of words you have used. Do not exceed the maximum number of words specified above; all assignments which do so will be penalized – the penalty will be the deduction of marks at the marker’s judgment.
    • You must use the Harvard referencing system.
    • Your assignment submission should be made anonymously. Do not write your name anywhere on your work. You should write your student ID  number at the top of every page, but do not write your name anywhere on your work.

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This assignment is designed to assess the following learning outcomes – critically. Taking the above elements into account, these are the criteria against which your submission will be measured.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the academic development of HRM within a rapidly changing international context, synthesizing theory and practice with respect to the application of HRM to the management of organizations. (LO1)
  2. Recognize the role HRM has to play in the sustainable and changing strategic development of an organization, nationally, internationally, and globally. (LO2)
  3. Apply and evaluate a range of international HRM practices and procedures and how they impact change management. (LO3)
  4. Analyze the effect of organizational and national culture on the management of human resources and sustainable development within organizations. (LO4)

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In addition, your report will be marked against the following specific criteria:

Mark criteria Mark awarded
An evaluation of current HR strategies and practices within the organization /25
An assessment of the cultural factors that the organization should take into account when entering the target market /25
Recommendations to the organization as to how to implement HR strategies & practices effectively within the target country culture. /25
Recommendations regarding the change management issues involved in developing new HR strategies and practices within the target country organization /25
  Total /100



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