CLCZJ HRM – Evaluating an International Human Resource Strategy

Evaluating an International Human Resource Strategy For this assessment you will take the
role of a HR manager, taking part in an internal evaluation of your international organisation’s
human resource strategy and as a result produce a recommendations report for the HR
Director. Please select an appropriate MNC of your choice. Your audit is from an ‘HR’
perspective as it is likely that the business will establish a joint venture in the new market
which will require some staff to be recruited locally and also the relocation of some expatriate
staff from within your organisation to manage the new venture alongside those of your joint
venture partner. Evaluating an International Human Resource Strategy
Your report should highlight the HR functions as listed below Your report will highlight the
following HR functions:
1. Recruitment and Selection
2. Training and Development
3. Reward Management
4. Performance Management
5. Employee Involvement
In addition the report should include: The purpose of the report –a brief overview of the
selected sector for the last five years its developments and challenges & future needs: -text
citations, bibliography & appendices. This assignment will assess all the learning outcomes
for this module.
To help you address each learning outcome a brief explanation of what your tutors will look
for in your assignment accompanies each learning outcome below:
Your data response should include an analysis, using both qualitative and quantitative data,
of the following:
• Key economic drivers in the Host country
• A comparative analysis of HR systems globally
• Organisational issues that influence the development and implementation of HRM strategy
• that influence the development and implementation of HRM strategy (Cross cultural training
for Expatriate (T&D section) and the social aspect of the host country in the (Pestle analysis)
Please use the following structure as a guide to the content your tutor(s) will expect to see in
your assignment based on the learning outcomes being assessed.
Indicative content
These elements to this assignment as follows:
Executive summary – provide a brief outline of the purpose of the assignment.
Introduction: a brief overview of the selected sector for the last five years its developments
and challenges & future needs: such as Globalisation, recession, advanced technologies
consumer behaviour had an impact on the economy in the last five years then relate it to the
industry selected.
L01: Critically evaluate the international business environment in the host country (——-). You
are required to present an analysis (max 600 words) using PESTLE Analysis model, which
will incorporate a brief overview of your chosen sector within the last five years of the sector
selected. In addition a company profile of the selected company. For this learning outcome
we are asking you to provide a brief company profile of your selected company.The company
can be located in any part of the world but it should be a multinational company, the purpose
is to use the company as a business model for discussion. By examining the company’s
profile, its aims, goals, international intentions you will be able to make a link between the
HRM strategy & the overall business strategy. Establishing this link will help to identify gaps
in actual employee performance over expected performance which will enable you to make
your recommendations later in your report. Analyse the organisational, national and cultural
specific issues that influence the development and implementation of HRM strategy: •
National: (Host country). With a focus on a polycentric approach, identify organisational issues
that influence the development and implementation of HRM strategies in the host country (—
—). (i.e what is the general mindset and working practices in the (selected sector) and how
will this impact the need to recruit local staff to undertake the required roles • Organisational:
(Parent company) Analyse the HR duties and responsibilities of the parent company to provide
appropriate expatriate welfare i.e.
(1) a responsibility for the expatriate well-being,
(2) provision of incentive packages for expatriates going to the host country
(3) providing cultural training to familiarise the expatriate with the language & cultural norms
of the host country to support the implementation of appropriate standardised training of locals.
• Cultural: Combine your analysis of the parent company & host country cultural dimensions
model or to identify what working practices and mindset barriers might the parent company
face in terms of recruiting and training local staff on new technologies, etc to establish an
appropriate standard of work to match the parent company’s expectations.
L.02 Evaluate the main HRM theories and models in relation to economic drivers For this
learning outcome we want you to explain the recruitment process within the company selected.
You will not have access to detailed information here but by examining the company’s website
including its “about us pages” “recruitment/vacancies” pages, its annual report & any other
publicly available documents you should be able to gather sufficient information to identify
what method of recruitment & selection the company uses ie online applications, handwritten
cover letters, CV format, aptitude testing, etc. Gathering this research will help you to provide
a brief explanation of its recruitment strategies. You can gain yet more information from
reading any job descriptions and remuneration packages it might advertise either on its
website or through recruitment agencies. When you have completed your research of the
company’s recruitment process you will be able to analyse the information using HRM theories
& models. Selection methods must be explained using model (Rodger’s seven point plan
(1952) or Fraser’s fivefold grading (1954).Models available in Beardwell & Claydon, page 169
L03 Evaluate the effectiveness of HRM strategies in achieving the goals of employee
commitment, flexibility, quality and strategic integration and the reward system management.
Drawing all the main issues and points above you will be able to present a summary of your
conclusions and recommendations at the end of your report
L04 Analyse the differences in approach to HRM Globally and outline possible reasons for
such differences. In this learning outcome we want you to build on your research and discuss
the importance of training, what types of training are available (in-house, off job training for
cultural reason etc). Highlight the importance of development frameworks in the organisation
selected etc. By analysing training & development strategies it should be possible to identify
global differences in approaches to HRM. (Cross cultural training for Expatriate )
L05 Critically evaluate the theory and evidence about the relationship between HRM and
organisational performance In this learning outcome we want you to focus specifically on the
theory of employee participation, explain the importance of such activities in the workplace.
Your analysis can then be focused specifically on the organisation for recommendation
purposes
L06 Analyse the organisational, national and cultural specific issues that influence the
development and implementation of HRM strategy In this learning outcome, again building on
your research, we want you to analyse the theory of reward systems the implications and the
concept of performance management, including performance appraisal frameworks for the
individual performance, why we need to measure individual performance and outline the
reasons. Your analysis can then be focused specifically on the organisation for
recommendation purposes. Moreover we are expecting that you address these
characteristics:
L07 Demonstrate the management skills required in international business to successfully
engage and win support from employees at the workplace Here we are looking to evaluate
your critical writing, research skills & ability to present a coherent set of recommendations
based on well researched HRM global theories & models.
Present a summary of your conclusions and recommendations at the end of your report On
reading this briefing & learning outcomes interpretation it may seem a daunting task but if you
approach your assignment in a structured manner and apply strong research and analytical
skills you will be able to address all elements of the assignment with ease. Remember to use
the core text book and relevant research material within the e-library.

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