06210360 - International human ressources management

Niveau de diplôme Master - Semestre 4
Crédits ECTS 3
Volume horaire total 21
Volume horaire CM 21


HRM is a continually evolving field of theory and practice. HRM refers to a collection of policies to control, to involve employees and organize work. The curriculum is designed to provide a basic understanding as well as critical appreciation of the importance of human resource management in today’s socioeconomic environment. The course will also examine in a critical way the impact of human resource management practices and decisions on both organizational and individual performance. Because many organizations, managers and academics tend to understand how HRM operates in diverse situations and what contributions it can make to organizational effectiveness and profitability, our concern will focus on how national and organizational cultures shape IHRM.

The objective of the course is to acquire a capacity for analysis of work organization and HRM (both of them belongs to what we call “work management”) as a whole as well as an understanding of the decisions taken, policies developed, techniques mobilized by organizations in the field of work management, but also the difficulties and limits of HRM practices. It offers a contingent vision of work management and favors a historical and comparative approach. Concrete scenarios from video and written materials are the basis of the teaching and serve to illustrate more theoretical approaches.

Each class occurs on a single day over a three-hour period. The first half of class will cover lecture. In most cases, the second half of class will cover case studies based on movies or documentaries.


Introductive case study
The good, the bad and the ugly: organizational effectivity in HRM

Chapter I: Introduction to HRM
  • Definition of HRM
  • Origins of HRM
  • Models of HRM
  • HRM and organizational performance
  • HRM in practice
  • Impact of HRM on the roles of HR professionals
Chapter II: Understanding the cultural and organizational contexts of IHRM
  • Cultural Context of IHRM
  • Organizational Context of IHRM
Chapter III: Staffing the international organization
  • Approaches to staffing
  • Developing staff through international assignments
Chapter IV: Global careers and talent management
  • Expatriation process
  • Global talent management


  • Beardwell, J. Thompson, A. (2017). Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach, 8th Edition, Sixth Edition. Pearson: London. https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezscd.univ-lyon3.fr/lib/jmlyon-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5185647
  • Bernardin, H.J. (2013), Human Resource Management. An experiential approach, Mc Graw Hill: New York. https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezscd.univ-lyon3.fr/lib/jmlyon-ebooks/detail.action?docID=6577226
  • Boxall, Purcell, Wright, (2007), The Oxford handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford: London.
  • Dowling, P.J., Festing, M. Engle, A.D. (2017), International Human Resource Management, Cengage: Singapore.
  • Wilkinson et al. (2019), The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management, Sage: London.
  • Wilkinson, A., Redman, T. (2017), Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases, 5th Edition, Pearson: London.

Contrôles des connaissances

Oral Teamwork (50 % of the mark)
Groups of 4 or 5 students
Talk of 10 minutes during the courses; 2 groups per course; process starts during the third session. Subjects of the talk should be a newspaper article that talks about HRM and IHRM and that mobilize concepts of the course. Send to the instructors an Excel file indicating the date and the theme of each group

Written teamwork (50 % of the mark)
Individual IHRM case study (which consist of an analysis of one IHRM practice or policy) of 10 pages maximum to send to the instructors before 15th of January 2022

Informations complémentaires

HR Websites
Several websites related to HR can be used to explore additional information about the field.
  • Academy of Management: http://www.aomonline.org
  • Academy of Management, HR Division: http://www.hrdiv.org
  • American Staffing Association: http://www.staffingtoday.org
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov
  • Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov
  • Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT): http://www.wave.net/upg/immigration/dot_index.html
  • Educational Testing Service (GRE & other tests): http://www.ets.org/
  • Employment Standards Administration: http://www.dol.gov/esa
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: http://www.eeoc.gov
  • Findlaw: http://www.findlaw.com
  • Human Resources Information: http://humanresources.about.com/
  • Human Resources Internet Guide: http://www.hr-guide.com/
  • International Association for Human Resource Information: http://www.ihrim.org/
  • International Personnel Mgmt. Association Assessment Council: http://www.ipmaac.org/
  • International Public Management Association for Human Resources: http://www.ipma-hr.org
  • National Human Resources Association: http://www.humanresources.org/
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/
  • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs: http://www.dol.gov/dol/esa/ofccp
  • O*NET: Occupational Information Network: http://www.doleta.gov/programs/onet/
  • Performance 3: http://www.zigonperf.com/resources/links.html
  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP): http://www.siop.org/
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): http://www.shrm.org
  • Workforce Management: http://www.workforce.com
  • Workindex.com: http://www.workindex.com
  • WorldatWork: http://www.worldatwork.org
HR Journals
Many students get excited about human resources as a career path and often ask where they might find more information. The following journals, which publish scientific research directed toward understanding HR problems, are excellent sources for current developments in this field. The library has recent copies and old issues of these journals.
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Human Performance
  • International Journal of Selection and Assessment
  • Human Resource Management Review
  • Research in Personnel and Human Resource Management