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MANG6273 Managing within a Global Context

Module Overview

It focuses on the challenges of managing people within a global context. The module will provide you with a practical grounding in the skills necessary to present a clear and concise business report in global human resource management.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the various elements involved in the changing needs of international businesses and management across the world. Such understanding will increase your awareness of the knowledge and skills needed by managers internationally, hence potentially increasing the employability.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the importance and value of individual differences in managing people within a global context;
  • the value of diversity and specifically how differences in peoples thinking, attitudes and behaviour impacts on managing effectively in organisations;
  • challenges surrounding the complexity and dynamism of organisations internationally;
  • the importance of policies, practices and skills necessary to manage effectively within and across organisations, recognising both intra and inter-cultural differences.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate a variety of theoretical models relating to managing effectively in organisations;
  • examine contemporary challenges associated with effective management across organisations internationally;
  • apply problem-solving techniques drawing upon, and integrating, knowledge to tackle organisational and personnel scenarios within global context;
  • show knowledge and skills in diversity management across international/global organisations;
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • communicate effectively with a diverse cohort of people;
  • evaluate differences in attitudes and behaviours in the workplace;
  • explain the behaviour of people within and across different cultures;
  • demonstrate effective ways of valuing and managing diversity within a global context.


Topics: • Management challenges within a global context • Individual differences and diversity in a changing global environment • Culture – organisational and environmental factors • Leadership and Teams • Employee relations across the globe • Strategic and International Human Resource Management • Person-organisation ‘fit’ within international or global organisations • International selection and training

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

With the aim of developing both knowledge and skill, the module will make use of various learning and teaching approaches and methods. Besides more traditional lecture-led sessions, students will be required to work on case studies designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject area; this group work activity will support peer-to-peer learning. The fact that this module emphasises differences in learning across cultures, approaches to selection and training, teamwork and leadership for example across global managerial contexts, demonstrates the commitment to internationalisation and methods of teaching (e.g. case studies, & group discussions) will reflect the commitment in challenging students to think globally.

Independent Study126
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Gilmore S., and Williams, S. (2009). Human Resource Management. 

Ashleigh M.J., & Mansi, A. (2012). The Psychology of People in Organisations. 

Torrington, D., Taylor S., Hall, L., & Atkinson, C. (2011). Human Resource Management. 



Class discussions


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 50%
Examination  (2 hours) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


Additional reading texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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