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Understand national influences on the practices of human resource management Identify tensions and dilemmas in managing human resources in international business context Understand human resource management approaches used by multinational enterprises

Henley Business School Undergraduate Assessment Brief

Module Code and Title

MM340 International Human Resource Management

Module Convenor

Dr Rita Fontinha

Type of Assessment

Essay                                    In-Class Test

Report                                 Group Report

Project                                Group Presentation

Practical Skills Exercise     Portfolio Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

Weighting of Assessment

30%

Submission Deadline

11th January 2021 by 2pm

Submission Point

(Blackboard/Turnitin/Other)

Turnitin link accessible on Blackboard

Items to be Submitted

Essay and reflective piece all in the same document

Individual or Group

Assessment

Individual                              Group

Module Convenor Office

Hours/Opportunities for advice and feedback

By appointment, remotely.

                                       1. What is the Purpose of This Assessment?                                      

The following table shows which of the module learning outcomes are being assessed in this assignment. Use this table to help you see the connection between this assessment and your learning on the module.

Module Learning Outcomes Being Assessed

Understand national influences on the practices of human resource management

Identify tensions and dilemmas in managing human resources in international business context

Understand human resource management approaches used by multinational enterprises

 

 

                                               2.  What is the Task for this Assessment?                                                        

 

 

 

You are required to produce one essay submission of 2,000 words and a reflective statement of between 200 and 500 words.

 

Case. Review the Case Study entitled ‘Four Seasons goes to Paris’, by Roger Hallowell, David Bowen and Karin-Isabel Knoop (it can be found in the Coursework Information and Submission section in the Blackboard site)

Task (attach a separate briefing document if required)

 
   
 

 

 

                                    3. What is Required of me in this Assessment?                                    

Guidelines/Details of How to Prepare Your Submission

 

Questions you need to answer. You should answer all four questions.

 

  1. Identify and critically analyse Four Season’s generic International Human Resource Management Orientation (Taylor et al., 1996). (15 marks)

 

  1. Based upon a comparative analysis of national cultures between Canada and France, what should Four Seasons have considered with regard to their HRM in their Hotels, when they expanded their business to France? (30 marks)

 

To answer this question, you should refer to: Hofstede’s national culture data: you can see and compare national cultural profiles of the two countries (https://www.hofstede-insights.com/product/compare- countries)

 

  1. Based upon the information you have on the HRM practices in Four Seasons France, evaluate the degree of transfer of HRM practices from Canada to France and explain why such transfer outcomes were produced in Four Seasons France? (40 marks)

 

To answer this question, you should refer to:

The relevant academic literature or theoretical views on the factors that affect the transfer of HRM practices within MNEs.

 

 

  1. Based upon your own research on the French labour market, what would you recommend for Four Seasons France to attract, motivate, and/or retain local employees and guarantee service quality? (15 marks)

To answer this question, you should refer to:

the relevant academic literature or theoretical views on global talent management within MNEs.

 

Please remember that your analysis and recommendations need

 

 

creative thinking and at the same time your key arguments need to be sound and supported by literature.

 

 

Reflective statement. For the reflective statement you need to write key lessons you have learned from this module, which are important to you as a future professional (between 200 and 500 words).

The assessment criteria to be used for marking this piece of work

 

Refer to the marking criteria rubric at the end of this document.

Self-Regulation: Make sure That You…

Carefully read the case study and all the questions before replying.

Three Key Pieces of Advice Based on the Feedback Given to the Previous Cohort who Completed This

Assignment

Please make sure you focus on the theoretical frameworks addressed in lecture 4 in order to answer the first three questions.

Make a critical analysis of the contents of the case study. Support your answers with relevant literature.

Formatting Guidelines

No specific formatting requirements are made. Any font style or size is acceptable, based on the student’s preference.

Word Limit/Guidance and Penalty Applied

The essay word limit is 2,000 (excluding references and appendix. Plus/minus 10% of word limit would be allowed). Please include the word count, and do not write your name on the essay.

 

Instructions for essay submissions:

 

submit ONE document containing your essay of 2,000 words (+/-10%) AND your reflective statement of 200-500 words via the on-line submission link in the Blackboard site for MM340 (No hard copy required).

Deadline for submission is 2 pm on 11th January 2021

Referencing Style

Harvard Style

 

Guidance on Academic Misconduct (including using Turnitin practice area)

The work you produce must be your own.

 

You should ensure that the work you produce adheres to the University’s statement on academic integrity and to the regulations regarding academic misconduct (such as plagiarism and cheating).

You can find information about this at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/Policies/exa- misconduct.aspx

 

You are encouraged to put a draft of your work through the Turnitin practice area to satisfy yourself that the work is your own original work. You can find this in your module area on Blackboard. You can seek advice from the Module Convenor or your Programme Administrator.

 

 

 

                             4. What Resources Might I Use to Prepare My Work?                            

 

 

The case study and relevant theoretical references provided in the module’s lectures. Additional references from your own research are also encouraged and extremely relevant.

 
  Text Box: The case study and relevant theoretical references provided in the module’s lectures. Additional references from your own research are also encouraged and extremely relevant.
 

 

 

 

 

                                               5. Late Submission Arrangements                                              

 

Plagiarism:

The University’s standard policy on Academic Misconduct applies

Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

Point of Submission : 11th January 2021 by 2pm via Turnitin

Late Submission Penalty: The University standard penalty apply

Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

 
   
 

 

 

                                                     6. Feedback Arrangements                                                    

 

 

 

Timing of feedback:

Within 15 days of submission deadline

 

When examinations marks are released

 

Other Click or tap here to enter text.

Type of feedback:

 

Mark                                           Generic Feedback

Individual Feedback                  Comments written on the assessment

Audio Feedback                        Video Feedback

Breakdown of Mark                  Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

Location of Feedback:

 

  • Blackboard                                     Turnitin                           RISIS

Other: Click or tap here to enter text.

 

Assessment Criteria Rubric for Marking

 

Module Code: MM340                             Module Title: International HRM                             Assessment Task:        Coursework                                                                         Academic Year: 2019/2020

 

 

 

GRADE BANDS

FIRST CLASS

2:1

2:2

3RD

(THRESHOLD)

FAIL

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

80+ OUTSTANDING

70 – 79

EXCELLENT

60 – 69

VERY GOOD

50 – 59

GOOD

40 – 49

SATISFACTORY

39 AND BELOW

Criterion 1: Knowledge and understanding

 

Detail and depth of subject knowledge and contextual understanding

All aspects mentioned in the Excellent (70-79) category achieved and taken to a level that would be nearly ready for publication.

Excellent and systematic knowledge and understanding evident throughout. Ideas are extremely clearly expressed and exemplified in a novel or outstanding manner pertinent to the context and showing excellent insight into the topic

Knowledge and understanding is clearly evident and covers most major areas. Good exemplification showing good insight into the topic

Reasonable knowledge and understanding evident but limited to key concepts.

Exemplification tends to be routine.

Adequately expressed ideas throughout

Partial knowledge and understanding.

Ideas expressed in a purely descriptive manner or weakly or exemplified.

Some ideas poorly expressed

Significant omissions or errors in understanding. Little or no evidence of effective study. Poorly expressed.

Criterion 2:

All aspects

The most relevant

Concepts,

Key concepts,

Some omissions

Significant

Application,

mentioned in the

concepts,

theories,

theories,

in terms of the

omissions in

Theory

Excellent (70-79)

theories,

techniques and

techniques and

concepts, theories,

terms of the

 

category achieved

techniques and

evidence are

evidence are

techniques and

concepts,

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