International and Comparative HRM BHL6002

International and Comparative HRM BHL6002

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Report (3,000 words)

Question:As HR Manager at Kenworth Hotels, prepare a report to the senior management team to include the following:

Introduction and Terms of Reference 200 words

Part (i) 600 words
•    Explain how international companies, alongside other international bodies, have a role to play in achieving greater equity and improved labour standards globally, including the use of codes of conduct.  This brief will inform the firm’s approach to CSR (corporate social responsibility) as it begins its process of internationalisation.

Part (ii) 600 words
•    Discuss how the need to balance both local and global requirements will impact upon the choice of strategy and structure adopted by Kenworth Hotels as it internationalises, and in turn how this will influence the HR policies and practices adopted in the new subsidiary.

Part (iii) 1200 words
•    Devise  a strategy for the recruitment and selection, training and development, and pay and reward of the new role of Hotel Manager in the subsidiary hotel.  Explain the importance of adopting a strategic approach to this process and how this might be achieved in practice.

Summary/Conclusion 400 words

Important attention:MUST write like this structure:
Cover Page
Contents Page
Terms of Reference (50 words)
Introduction (150 words)
Part (i) (600 words)
Requirements for CSR, codes of conduct and ILO
Part (ii) (600 words)
Considerations with regard to strategy, structure and HR policy
Part (iii)
Overview of strategic process (300 words)
Recruitment and selection (300 words)
Training and development (300 words)
Pay and reward (300 words)
Summary (100 words)
Conclusion (300 words)
References
Appendices
Optional, not included in word count

Assessment Learning Outcomes (mapped to module descriptor):
•    Discuss the conceptual problems of both comparative and international analysis of organisational HR practices and national employment systems
•    Critically evaluate the convergence-divergence debate, identifying the main issues and theories relating to globalisation and the internationalisation of the firm.
•    Compare and contrast the different strategies and structures of multinational corporations including international management recruitment, 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
Students will be marked according to the following assessment criteria:

•    The student should demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of the requirements for global labour standards and the mechanisms that can be employed to help achieve this, with particular reference to the ILO and MNC’s codes of conduct.
•    The student should demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of how the competing tensions faced by MNC’s between integration and local responsiveness impact upon HR policies and practices.
•    The student should demonstrate the ability to identify the key components of an effective total reward strategy given the specific organizational context outlined in the case study.
•    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 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 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 (i) (ii) and (iii).
•    Very good analysis and evaluation of:
i.    the relationship between MNC strategy and HR policies and practices;
ii.    the role of the ILO and MNC’s in achieving greater equity and labour standards globally; and
iii.    adopting a strategic approach to recruitment and selection, training and development and pay and reward.
•    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 (i) (ii) and (iii).
•    Good analysis and evaluation of:
i.    the relationship between MNC strategy and HR policies and practices;
ii.    the role of the ILO and MNC’s in achieving greater equity and labour standards globally; and
iii.    adopting a strategic approach to recruitment and selection, training and development and pay and reward.
•    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 (i) (ii) and (iii).
•    Reasonable attempt at analysis and evaluation of:
iv.    the relationship between MNC strategy and HR policies and practices;
v.    the role of the ILO and MNC’s in achieving greater equity and labour standards globally; and
vi.    adopting a strategic approach to recruitment and selection, training and development and pay and reward.
•    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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