International Human Resource Management

Learning outcomes

  1. Knowledge – Describe and critically discuss key principles and theories of Human Resource Management.
  1. Problem Solving Skills – Critically evaluate and synthesize relevant information to solve real world issues associated with Human Resource Management.
  2. Change Management – Analyse the role of Human Resource Management in implementing change within a global context.
  1. Global Environment – Identify and critically discuss local, global and international workforce trends and assess the implications for human resource management

Lecturer Discretion

Lecturers may, at their discretion, ask students to verbally present their assignment submission or rewrite some selected part/s of their answer in a controlled setting.

Task Details

Engaging and motivating employees is at the centre of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) practices. It is therefore important to identify the organisational practices that can be used to foster the cognitive, emotional and behavioural qualities that will positively impact on employees and enhance their motivation.

To understand what motivates people to work is essential to this assignment. The focus of the assignment is to identify the motivational theories, the characteristics of a positive work environment and the HR practices that positively influence affective processes (e.g. motivation, commitment, job satisfaction, wellbeing) and behavioural processes (e.g. effort, reduced turnover and absenteeism).

To complete this assignment successfully students at a minimum should:

Identify the key motivational theories and discuss which of the theories strongly influences employees’ affective processes and behavioural processes.

Describe the characteristics of a positive work environment and discuss how HR designs jobs to motivate employees.

Discuss the synthesis of Hackman and Oldham’s (1976) job characteristics and employees’ psychological states in relation to work outcomes, such as intrinsic work

motivation, job satisfaction, and high quality work performance.

Discuss the possible relationship between Maslow’s general components and job characteristics in view of engaging and motivating employees in organisations.

Assignment Extensions

This is a formal assessment task therefore any extension requests must follow the CDU Business School’s formal extension process. For more information follow the link “Business School Assignment Extensions Information” in the CDU Business School – Resource area in the Learnline Home Page of this unit.

Late Submission

Late assessment submissions incur a penalty of 5% per day past the due date.

Your assignment must be formatted with heading.

CDU Harvard referencing style must be used.


Gallup Consulting 2010, The state of the global workplace: A worldwide study of employee

engagement and wellbeing, viewed 20 February 2015


Jackson, S & Schuler, R 1995, Understanding Human Resource Management in the context of organisations and their environments, Annual Review of Psychology, vol. 46, pp. 237-264.

Pfeffer, J & Veiga, F 1999, Putting people first for organisational success, Academy of Management Executive, vol. 13, no. 2, pp.37-48.