International Human Resource Management

 

Proposed assignment questions, 2017/18

1) Identify the possible challenges and opportunities for MNCs arising from the UK’s exit from the European Union and critically discuss the role of human resource management in responding to economic change.

2) “Each ‘host’ country represents a unique challenge for an MNC’s HR management.” Critically discuss this statement with reference to the ‘Varieties of Capitalism’ (VoC) approach. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this approach in understanding national differences?

3) Using the example of either a) performance management, or b) equality/diversity, critically discuss the factors influencing the way MNCs transfer international ‘best practice’ from ‘home’ to ‘host’ countries.

4) Compare and contrast the roles of a) ‘corporate social responsibility’ and b) trade union organisation in improving labour standards in multinational corporations and their suppliers and/or contractors. Use examples where appropriate.

In addition to the below, the work demonstrates an exceptional level of attainment for a Master’s student. E.g. an ability to work with particularly complex theoretical ideas or extend the range of coverage, depth or sophistication of discussion, creative use/extension of existing ideas or presentation of new ideas that are thought-provoking or which challenge received views.
70 – 84
Scholarship: Very good application of a rigorous knowledge of subject matter; perceptive; demonstrates a critical appreciation of subject and extensive and detailed critical analysis of the key issues; displays independence of thought and/ or a novel and relevant approach to the subject; reveals both breadth and depth of understanding, showing insight and appreciation of argument.
Independent learning: Work draws on a wide range of relevant literature and is not confined to reading lists, textbooks or lecture notes; arguments are well supported by a variety of means.
Writing skills: Writing skills are well-developed and used to good effect; writing is clear and precise; arguments are logical, well structured and sustained, and demonstrate thorough understanding on that basis; conclusions are reasoned and justified by evidence.
MERIT
60 – 69
Scholarship: Good, broad-based understanding of subject manner; makes effective use of both empirical and theoretical knowledge to provide an informative, balanced argument that is focussed on the topic; reveals some attempt at creative, independent thinking; main points well covered, displaying breadth or depth but not necessarily both; broadly complete and relevant argument.
Independent learning: Sources range beyond lecture material or textbooks and are effectively used to illustrate points and justify arguments.
Writing skills: Arguments are presented logically within a clear structure and are justified with appropriate supporting evidence; capably written with good use of English throughout; free from major errors; complex ideas are expressed clearly and fluently using specialist technical terminology where appropriate.
PASS
50 – 59
Scholarship: Engagement with, and understanding of, relevant material but may lack focus, organisation, breadth, and/or depth; relatively straightforward ideas are expressed clearly and fluently though there may be little or no attempt to synthesise or evaluate more complex ideas; exhibits limited independent creative thought; adequate analysis but some key points only mentioned in passing; arguments satisfactory but some errors and perhaps lacking completeness and relevance in parts.
Independent learning: Sources may range beyond lecture material though effective engagement with and use of the wider literature is limited.
Writing skills: The question is addressed in a structured manner but some sections may be poorly written making the essay difficult to follow, obscuring key points or leading to over-generalisation; competently written with a good use of English throughout (few, if any, errors of spelling, grammar and punctuation). Answers that have merit qualities may fall into this category if they are too short, unfinished or badly organised. 24

FAIL
Minimum requirements have not been met
45 – 49
Scholarship: Basic knowledge of core material; key points may be omitted and there may be a failure to answer the question in other significant ways; significant parts may be irrelevant, superficial or factually incorrect; inappropriate use of some material; mere paraphrasing of course texts or lecture notes; key points barely mentioned; weak grasp or complete misunderstanding of the issues; inclusion of irrelevant material; does not address the topic or question.
Independent learning: Sources largely restricted to core lecture material; some wider reading may be evident but use may be poor and fail to illustrate points or justify arguments of any significance; unsupported assertions; use of irrelevant or unconvincing material.
Writing skills: Answers may be largely descriptive and uncritical though they may display some evidence of structure; acceptable use of English.
30-39
Scholarship: Inadequate knowledge of relevant material; omission of key ideas/material; significant parts may be irrelevant, superficial or factually incorrect; inappropriate use of some material; mere paraphrasing of course texts or lecture notes; key points barely mentioned; complete misunderstanding of the issues; inclusion of irrelevant material; does not address the topic or question.
Independent learning: Restricted to a basic awareness of course material; displays a superficial appreciation of the demands and broad context of the question but is largely irrelevant, fundamentally flawed, or factually incorrect.
Writing skills: Unacceptable use of English (i.e. comprehension obscured by significant and intrusive errors of spelling, punctuation and grammar); minimal or poor structure, may only list key themes or ideas with limited comment or explanation.
20 – 29
Scholarship: Displays a superficial appreciation of the demands and broad context of the question but is largely irrelevant, fundamentally flawed, or factually incorrect; mere paraphrasing of course texts or lecture notes; key points barely mentioned; complete misunderstanding of the issues; inclusion of irrelevant material; does not address the topic or question.
Independent learning: Restricted to a limited awareness of basic course material; little or no evidence that the most basic course material has been understood; unsupported assertions; use of irrelevant or unconvincing material.
Writing skills: Some structure, though may only list key themes or ideas with limited comment or explanation; may simply list key themes or ideas in note or diagrammatic form with no comment or explanation..
10 – 19
Scholarship: Makes some reference to subject matter relevant to the question but is seriously deficient in all respects; extremely limited understanding of the question/subject matter leading to superficial or irrelevant comments; inappropriate use of material; mere paraphrasing of course texts or lecture notes; key points barely mentioned; complete misunderstanding of the issues; inclusion of irrelevant material; does not address the topic or question.
Independent learning: Little or no evidence that the most basic course material has been understood; unsupported assertions; use of irrelevant or unconvincing material.
Writing skills: Almost without structure; may simply list key themes or ideas in note or diagrammatic form with no comment or explanation.

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