Role of the MNC as central to the analysis of international HRM

Assessment Learning Outcomes (mapped to module descriptor):

  • Consider the role of the MNC as central to the analysis of international HRM
  • Compare and contrast national employment systems in order to evaluate the HRM models, policies and procedures in different countries and cultural, institutional and legal constraints
  • Critically assess global integration and diffusion of HRM activities in MNCs
  • Compare and contrast the different HR strategies and practices of MNCs including international management recruitment and selection, training and reward strategies

Key Skills: The key skills addressed through this assessment are communication, numeracy, technology, learning and study, problem solving.

IMPORTANT: Students should refer to the assessment criteria and marking criteria provided below in relation to this assessment.

Assessment Criteria/Guidance Notes

Students will be marked according to the following assessment criteria:

  • The student should demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of how the competing tensions faced by MNC’s between the local, the global and the organization impact upon HR policies and practices.
  • The student should devise an appropriate recruitment and selection strategy, and training and development strategy for the specific international management assignment as outlined in the case study.
  • The student should demonstrate the ability toidentify the key components of an effective total reward strategy given the specific organizational context outlined in the case study.
  • The student should demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge of key facts and theories to the practical organizational context outlined in the case study.
  • The student should demonstrate the ability to carry out relevant research to evidence their report. This should include the correct use of Harvard referencing throughout the report.
  • The report should be appropriately structured and presented.

Marking Criteria

IMPORTANT: Students must satisfy themselves as to the assessment criteria and academic standards required to achieve certain grades as outlined above.  It is the student’s responsibility to seek clarification on any of these matters prior to submitting their coursework.

Students will be awarded their grade based upon the academic standards outlined below:

Grade A  80+

  • As 70+ criteria but in addition answer demonstrates an excellent understanding of the question and the complexity of the issues involved relating to parts 1 and 2.
  • Evidence of creativity and wide reading beyond core subject matter.

Grade A  70-79

  • Comprehensive and accurate account of the issues relating to parts 1 and 2.
  • Very good analysis and evaluation of the relationship between local, global and organizational effects, MNC strategy and HR policies and practices.
  • Very good application of factual knowledge and/or application of theories/models to the practical situation of the case study organization.
  • Clear evidence of wide reading and well-referenced.
  • No significant omissions or errors.
  • Very well written and structured.

Grade B 60-69

  • Clear understanding of the question and includes the most pertinent issues relating to parts 1 and 2.
  • Good analysis and evaluation of relationship between local, global and organizational effects, MNC strategy and HR policies and practices.
  • Good application of factual knowledge and/or application of theories/models to the practical situation of the case study organization.
  • Evidence of extra reading beyond lecture material.
  • Few significant errors or omissions
  • Well written and structured.

Grade C 50-59

  • Answer demonstrates understanding of the basic issues with regard to

parts 1 and 2.

  • Reasonable attempt at analysis and evaluation of the relationship between local, global and organizational effects, MNC strategy and HR policies and practices.
  • Basic application of factual knowledge and/or application of theories/models to the practical situation of the case study organization.
  • Report aimed primarily at the level of available lecture and seminar material.
  • Some significant errors or omissions.
  • Material appropriate and logically structured.

Grade D/E 35-49

To obtain a D grade (i.e. a ‘pass’ mark 40-49):

  • (i) The answer will demonstrate an understanding of the basic issues and some evidence that appropriate material has been selected.*see note below
  • (ii) The answer may follow a logical structure with the overall framework sensible.*see note below

However, an answer afforded a D/E grade will also demonstrate to varying degrees:

  • No evidence of extra reading
  • No evidence of evaluation or analysis of the issues
  • Significant errors or omissions
  • Poor planning

*Note:If the answer does not meet criteria (i) and (ii) to an adequate standard the student will instead be awarded a higher E grade (i.e. 35-39)

Grade E/F 1-34

An answer afforded a lower E (30-34) or F grade will demonstrate to varying degrees:

  • Significant errors and omissions present throughout
  • Poorly structured and written
  • Little or no understanding of the question
  • Little or no relevance to the question
  • Inadequate material presented
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