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International Human Resource Management

International Human Resource Management

Christopher Brewster, Elizabeth Houldsworth, Paul Sparrow, Guy Vernon

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Understand international HRM with this textbook on cross-cultural HRM, comparative HRM and international HRM.

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About the book

International Human Resource Management is a critically engaging and student friendly textbook for International HRM modules at all levels, including the CIPD Level 7 Advanced International HRM module. Providing wide international coverage and incorporating a global strategy perspective, it offers a particular focus on cross-cultural, comparative and strategic HRM issues, with a strong emphasis on culture and its impact on organizational behaviour and HRM.

This fully updated 4th edition of International Human Resource Management includes extended coverage of cross-cultural management, a broader scope of countries and key topics such as global talent management, global leadership, global knowledge management, and differing national contexts. Filled with geographically diverse examples and case studies, and covering topics from culture and reward systems to managing expatriate assignment and diversity in international forms of working, it is an ideal textbook for all students of international HRM as well as HRM specialists and practicing managers. Online supporting resources include an instructor's manual, lecture slides and additional case studies.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: International HRM - An Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: Cross-Cultural Human Resource Management;
    • Chapter - 01: Differing National Contexts;
    • Chapter - 02: The Impact of National Culture;
    • Chapter - 03: Culture and Organisation Life;
  • Section - TWO: Comparative Human Resource Management;
    • Chapter - 04: Employee Relations and Collective Communication;
    • Chapter - 05: The Organisation of Work;
    • Chapter - 06: Flexibility and Work Life Balance;
    • Chapter - 07: Recruitment and Selection;
    • Chapter - 08: Performance Management;
    • Chapter - 09: Rewards;
    • Chapter - 10: Training and Development;
    • Chapter - 11: Global HRM Departments;
  • Section - THREE: International Human Resource Management;
    • Chapter - 12: International HRM - Theory and Practice;
    • Chapter - 13: Managing Expatriate Assignments;
    • Chapter - 14: Managing Diversity in International Forms of Working;
    • Chapter - 15: Integrating Global HRM Practices;
    • Chapter - 16: Globalising HRM


This edition of International HRM brings together latest research, evidence and suitable examples to highlight the complex dynamics of effective and efficient management of human resources in the global context. It builds on the last editions on all fronts - contents, features and support material and should be an exciting read for both students and practitioners.
Pawan Budhwar, Professor of International HRM, Aston Business School, UK

This outstanding textbook provides essential coverage of theory and practice, tackling the international dimensions of HRM in context, which will be welcomed by students, academics and practitioners.
Pia Carnegie, Lecturer in Human Resource Management, Robert Gordon University, UK

I would strongly recommend this text to students, tutors, and practitioners alike. The comprehensive nature of the content, covering culture, practice and comparative HRM provides the user with a single reference point for all topics studied within International Human Resource Management.
Lynne Powell Chartered FCIPD, Senior Lecturer, HRM and Leadership, University of Sunderland, UK

These world-renown authors have delivered a leading-edge textbook again. This is a well-organized, current, clearly written and comprehensive overview of the most important international human resource management ideas. Not only does it integrate the latest research within the field but it also provides the reader with highly stimulating case studies and thought-provoking scenarios. The in-depth treatment of global talent and cross-cultural management is highly welcome. Overall, this is the obvious text that students of the discipline should read.
Professor Michael Dickmann, Cranfield University, School of Management, UK


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Book Details

  • Imprint: CIPD - Kogan Page
  • EAN: 9781843983750
  • Edition: 4
  • Published: 15th January 2016
  • Paperback
  • Format: 245x189
  • 480 pages

About the Author

Chris Brewster is a professor of International HRM at Henley Business School, UK.

Elizabeth Houldsworth is an associate professor of HRM at Henley Business School, UK.

Paul Sparrow is the director of the Centre for Performance-Led HR and professor of International HRM at Lancaster University Management School, UK.

Guy Vernon is an associate professor of Human Resource Management at Southampton University, UK.

Christopher Brewster

Elizabeth Houldsworth

Paul Sparrow

Guy Vernon