Global Human Resource Management

| January 12, 2016

Assignment Brief
As part of the formal assessment for the Masters Entry Diploma in HRM you are required to
submit a Global Human Resource Management assessment. Please refer to your Student
Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on
preparing and submitting assessments.
Learning Outcomes:
After completing the module you should be able to:
1. Identify different approaches to human resource management in other countries and regions;
2. Compare and contrast global management practices;
3. Demonstrate awareness of cultural attitudes and issues, particularly in emerging countries;
4. Compare and contrast employee legislation between countries and regions;
5. Recognise global industrial relations requirements;
6. Identify needs of employees in various areas, including expatriates;
7. Critically appraise the effect of multinationals on global human resource management.
Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module
name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant; and a
reference list in BU Harvard format. You should address all the elements of the assignment
task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in
assessing your work.
Maximum word count: 3000 words
Please note that exceeding the word count will result in a reduction in grade proportionate
to the number of words used in excess of the permitted limit.
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Assignment task
Your task is to answer the following four questions.
The questions are equally weighted.
1. McDonalds, the fast food restaurant, operates in over a hundred countries worldwide.
Identify two of these countries, and explain the way in which both HR and general
management practices in McDonalds will differ in your two chosen countries.
2. Identify two areas in which employment law differs in your chosen countries. Explain the
way that these laws will affect the employment relationships between the management
and employees of McDonalds.
3. McDonalds is an example of a multi-national company. Explain the impact that multinational companies have had on the way in which

people are employed in different
4. If McDonalds decided to open in a new country it would have the choice of appointing a
manager from the USA (the home country of McDonalds) or a local manager to manage
the operations in that country. Summarise the advantages and disadvantages of each
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You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate and
wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the BU Harvard
system. The My Study Skills Area contains the following useful resources; Study Skills
Guide (containing a BU Harvard Referencing section) and a Harvard Referencing Interactive
Tutorial. You must use the BU Harvard Referencing method in your assignment.
Additional notes:
Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the assessment.
The word count excludes the title page, executive summary, reference list and
appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted from the assessment brief
these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL other printed words ARE included
in the word count. Printed words include those contained within charts and tables.
See ‘Word Count Policy’ on the homepage of this module for more information.
Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0% fail.
Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. For more
information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document available on the
module page on iLearn.
You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all sources used
are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show evidence of academic unfair
practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the homepage of your module and also in the
Induction Area).
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Assessment Criteria
(Learning objectives covered – all)
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