BUS020X611AInternational Human Resource Management Summative Assessment

Formative assessment brief
The formative assessment for this module requires that students engage continuously in the preparation of their assignment. Students are required to work on the different report sections in weeks 3, 5 and 9 to gain feedback from their tutor and peers. Students are also required to submit a draft of sections 1 and 2 of their assignment with references, in word format, by the end of week 6 (via Moodle). Students can expect to receive feedback from their tutor by the end of week 7. We will dedicate time during seminars to clarifying questions students might have and providing students with further feedback.

Summative assessment brief
Write a report (3,000 words) aimed at HR professionals, outlining how organisations can adapt the range and type of international assignments to meet their strategic plans. You will be expected to identify the type of organisation (i.e. industry, size, type of operations) you are preparing this report for, the type and purpose of the internationalisation strategy that this organisation might need to adopt in order to meet its strategic plan, and the type of international assignment that best fits its internationalisation strategy. You will also be expected to produce a detailed training and support programme aimed at the employees/managers going on the type of international assignment you are recommending.
The report will enable you to demonstrate your applied knowledge of international HRM and present this knowledge in a format that will be relevant to organisations and useable by HR professionals. Your report should be written and presented in an appropriate academic and professional style, such that it could be shared with HR professionals. When carrying out the background research for your assignment, you are expected to use a wide range of academic resources, including academic journal articles and books. You are also encouraged to seek out different practitioner-oriented resources that will be accessible to HR professionals, including reports and relevant digital resources, which would enable HR professionals to further develop their knowledge of international HRM practice.
The assessment is aimed at developing the following ‘Business Ready’ attributes:
 curiosity and forward planning
 inquisitive and value new learning
 able to express your views sensitively and effectively
 able to apply knowledge and skills required by organisations

Your report should include 3 sections:
Introduction (suggested word count around 500 words): Your introduction should specify the aim and objectives of the report. It should also set the context within key IHRM issues (e.g. internationalisation, global talent, etc.) and specify the organisation and its international/global strategy (including the home and host countries involved). In this section, you can discuss, in general, the contextual factors that have influenced organisations to work internationally (e.g. ensuring a pipeline of global talent) and the challenges they face. You can then narrow this discussion down to the organisation in question and its own strategic drivers.
International assignment (suggested word count around 1000 words): In this section, you should present an overview of the different types of international assignments. You should then introduce and justify the type of international assignment that best supports the organisation’s (international/global) strategy. Explain its characteristics and critically discuss its strengths and weaknesses. Remember to consider strengths and weaknesses from the organisational and individual perspective. You should also discuss the challenges for HR professionals in managing the particular type of international assignment.
Training and support programme (suggested word count around 1500 words): Your training and support programme should help HR professionals prepare employees going on the type of international assignment discussed in the previous section.
The first part of the training and support programme should present an analysis of the cultural differences between the home and host countries. You will need to do some background research to find out more about the home and host countries in question. For example, what is the national culture there? What is it like to work and live there? Gathering this information is crucial as it will then inform the objectives and learning content of the training and support programme. In this section, you should also present and justify the profile of the employees/managers involved in the international assignment.

The second part should specify the programme’s objectives, training and supporting activities, and timeframe. The expectation is that you will have obtained a good amount of knowledge and understanding from the lectures, seminars and wider academic and practitioner-oriented reading about the expatriation process – and other alternative forms of international working – and some of the issues that international assignees face, before, during and after their engagement on an international assignment (e.g. as cultural awareness and
adaptation, early termination, host county expectations and national culture, career planning and development, trailing spouses, work & life balance, and much more). Your programme should be based on research in these areas and demonstrate the importance of preparing people for international assignments. Your programme should also be unique to a specific type of international assignment, and consider its characteristics, strengths and weaknesses in the design. Your training and support programme should show your sensitivity to identifying and meeting the needs of assignees and organisations, and it should show your understanding of different training methods to ensure that your training objectives are met.
The content of your training and support programme should demonstrate how you will address the following points.
 Pre-departure: Type of information, activities and support that are considered crucial for employees in their preparation for an international assignment
 Post-arrival: Type of information, activities and support that are considered crucial to support
employees during the international assignment.
 Repatriation: Type of information, activities and support that are considered crucial to prepare
individuals returning from the international assignment.
Your training and support programme should be comprehensive, and consider all relevant aspects of an international assignment, including the cultural context, career development, personal development and family aspects at all stages of the international assignment cycle.

Referencing
All information and arguments in the report should be backed up by reliable, academic references. You MUST use the Harvard System for all your references. The Harvard system is very easy to use once you become familiar with it.
Penalties for exceeding the word count on assessments
Students need to state the word count at the end of their assignment. 10% over the stated word count is permitted without penalty. If students go beyond this, then there is a penalty of 5 marks for every additional 10% beyond the word count with a maximum of a 15 mark penalty reduction.

Resit assessment
For the resit you will be expected to rework your initial assignment taking on-board the tutor feedback provided
to you through Turnitin. In addition you will be expected to complete a reflective piece (up to 500 words) that
clearly sets out the changes made to your initial assignment, why these changes have been made and a
reflection on the broader lessons learnt from completing the resit.
How will your work be assessed?
Your work will be assessed by a subject expert who will use the marking grid provided in this assessment brief.
When you access your marked work it is important that you reflect on the feedback so that you can use it to
improve future assignments.
The following criteria will be used to assess your assignment. Please read carefully!
Assessment Criteria
Introduction (20%)
 Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of IHRM issues, including organisational
strategic drivers and HR processes.
 The aim of the report is made clear.
 Explains clearly the organisation and its international/global strategy that the report is
addressing. Ideas were all relevant, synthesised and clearly stated.
 Demonstrates an exceptional high level of engagement in module lectures and seminars.
 Demonstrates an exceptional high level of research work. Outstanding presentation of
material that is grounded in current research and best practice.
International assignment (30%)
 Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the range and type of international
assignments.
 The chosen international assignment to develop is clearly linked to the organisation’s
(international/global) international strategy identified in the introduction. Their link is
exceptionally well justified.
 Demonstrates an outstanding understanding of the chosen international assignment’s
characteristics, strengths, weaknesses and challenges in its management by HR
professionals. Ideas were all relevant, synthesised and clearly stated.
 Demonstrates an exceptional high level of engagement in module lectures and seminars.
 Demonstrates an exceptional high level of research work. Outstanding presentation of
material that is grounded in current research and best practice.
Training and support programme (40%)
 Demonstrates an exceptional understanding of the international assignment cycle and the
factors involved in the successful management of international assignments, including the
cultural context, career development, personal development and family aspects.
 Demonstrates a high level of sensitivity to identifying and meeting the needs of assignees
and organisations.
 It is clearly linked to the type of international assignment discussed in the previous section.
 Explains clearly the cultural differences between home and host countries.
 Justifies and explains clearly the profile of the employees/managers involved.
 The training and support programme’s objectives, training and support activities, and
timeframe are all relevant, clearly stated, and well justified.
 The design and quality of the training programme is outstanding, such that it can be directly
implemented by organisations/HR professionals.
 Demonstrates an exceptional high level of engagement in module lectures and seminars.
 Demonstrates an exceptional high level of research work. Outstanding presentation of
material that is grounded in current research and best practice.
Overall structure and presentation (10%)
 All required elements of the report (as identified in the assignment brief) are present and
completed to a high standard.
 The report is distinctively well-structured, written and presented. There are no spelling,
grammar or punctuation mistakes. There is evidence of careful proof-reading.
 The report draws exclusively on academic resources and reliable practitioner-oriented
resources, rather than web based sources.
 In-text citations and list of references fully follow Harvard referencing guidelines.
 The report meets the number of words required/ does not exceed the word limit. Visuals or
appendices complement the main report and have not been used to replace the main ideas of
the report.

Assignment submissions
The Business School requires a digital version of all assignment submissions. These must be submitted via
Turnitin on the module’s Moodle site. They must be submitted as a Word file (not as a pdf) and must not
include scanned in text or text boxes. They must be submitted by 2pm on the given date. For further general
details on coursework preparation refer to the online information via StudentZone

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