1. The summative assessment for this module is an individual report
which is worth 100% of the module.
2. Submission is to Moodle, in word format.
3. The deadline is 15.00, 12th January 2021.
4. The word length is 3500-4000 words (there is no 10% leeway). State
the number of words on the assignment. Anything above 4000 words
will not be marked. This may affect the quality of your work.
5. The report requires a title page, table of contents and references, but
they are not included in the word-count.
6. You MUST support all of your statements with reference to the
APPRPRIATE academic and other literature. You are expected to use
the recommended textbooks and the recommended articles uploaded
to Moodle each week to support the pre-recorded lectures.
7. You must include a reference list at the end of your report. This list must
use Harvard format. Guidance can be found in this link:
You must write an individual report in which you are required to:
Choose two countries (Country A and Country B)
Where Country A is the Parent Country of a developing Multinational
Corporation (MNC) with minimal experience of employing and managing
workers across borders and which is now considering expanding into
Country B, the Host Country.
You are an International HR Consultant and you have been commissioned
by the HRM Director of the MNC in Country A, to research and write a
report which achieves the following aims:
1) To compare the cultural and institutional differences of the two
2) To raise awareness of what may be the consequences of your
analysis with regard to the preferred choices for International HRM
policies and practices.
The report should be divided into the following sections. The % is an
indication of the approximate weighting for the word count required in
INTRODUCTION (10%) Introduce the concepts of IHRM and
Comparative HRM. Explain/justify the significance of this report to the
successful future of this MNC.
SECTION 1 (20%) CULTURAL COMPARISON AND ANALYSIS – Discuss
the cultural similarities and differences of country A and B, and explore the
significance of these differences for the choice of HRM policies and
practices. Use relevant cultural theories and frameworks to inform your
analysis (for example, Hall (2000), Hofstede (1980, 2001), Schwartz (1994,
1999), Trompenaars, the Globe Project (2002) or the World Values Survey
(2019) https://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/WVSContents.jsp. Undertake
some individual research on your chosen countries and use these studies
to present the key insights. Offer some critical evaluation of the use of these
national cultural frameworks (McSweeney 2002).
SECTION 2 (20%) INSTITUTIONAL COMPARISION AND ANALYSIS –
Discuss the institutional similarities and differences of country A and B and
explore the significance of these differences for the choice of HRM policies
and practices. Use relevant models from the Comparative Capitalism
literature (e.g. Hall and Soskice 2001) and/or the Business Systems
literature (e.g. Brookes et al 2005).
SECTION 3 (30%) INTERNATIONAL HRM – Discuss the importance of
Country A’s attitudes to internationalization (Perlmutter 1969, Heenan and
Perlmutter 1979) with respect to the staffing of the MNC in Country B.
Consider the advantages and disadvantages of using PCNs, HCNs or
TCNs in this MNC. Critically evaluate the gaps between the aspirations of
corporate social responsibility (including the relevance and challenges of
managing diversity in an international context), in Country A and the actual
practices in many MNCs and their Global Value Chains (GVCs).
SECTION 4 (20%) CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Summarize the findings of the report in the conclusion. Using these findings,
produce a list of at least 5 recommendations to the HRM Director of Country
A on the HRM implications of the proposed expansion into Country B.