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Introduction to International Human Resource Management


Eileen Crawley, Stephen Swailes, and David Walsh

07 March 2013

ISBN: 9780199563210

384 pages

In Stock

Price: £54.99

This text provides students with an introduction to international human resource management. The authors assume no background knowledge of HRM and blend academic theories with numerous practical examples. Case studies from a wide range of geographical regions and cultures are employed, East as well as West.


This text provides students with an introduction to international human resource management. The authors assume no background knowledge of HRM and blend academic theories with numerous practical examples. Case studies from a wide range of geographical regions and cultures are employed, East as well as West.

  • Accessible language and real-life examples are employed, and no prior understanding of HRM or labour economics is assumed, making the text perfectly suited for students.
  • Offers an overview of the two main approaches to IHRM, the comparative approach and the practical management of HRM, within a single text, ensuring students have a comprehensive understanding of the subject.
  • A wide range of examples and cases are employed, from the East as well as the West, providing a picture of IHRM that is a true reflection of the 21st century and also rings true with international students.
  • A chapter on talent management and another on the 'dark side' of IHRM explore the hot topics in the field, ensuring students have access to the latest thinking.

About the Author(s)

Eileen Crawley, Formerly Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisation Studies, University of Bournemouth, Stephen Swailes, Senior Lecturer in HRM, Hull University Business School, and David Walsh, Principal Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Director of CIPD Programmes, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

Eileen Crawley has had a varied professional and academic career which had included working for the Open University as a tutor on its MBA programme for students in Spain, Austria & Belgium, and working also as a Senior Lecturer for the University of Bournemouth Business School. Eileen has also spent a year teaching in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China. Since returning to Malaysia in 2008, Eileen has been teaching for a number of colleges on their undergraduate and MBA programmes, which are awarded by universities in the UK, France and Australia. She is a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Management.

Stephen Swailes is a Senior Lecturer at Hull University Business School where he teaches international human resource management, selection and reward management. Starting his career in scientific research, Stephen worked in the water industry and later for a research and consulting organization. He has published over 30 papers on commitment, team performance and employee development. He has contributed several book chapters in these areas and his main research interest now is on talent management and cross-cultural influences on employee development.

David Walsh is Principal Lecturer at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, where he specialises in international human resource management alongside the more strategic aspects of HRM and the employment relationship. As the university's Director of CIPD programmes, David was instrumental in its being designated a CIPD Centre of Research Excellence. He has also contributed to the development of CIPD courses overseas and helped shaped HRM education and professionalism in Russia and Azerbaijan. David has extensive experience as an external examiner both nationally and internationally. His HRM practitioner experience includes working for a large, unionised engineering company; and his research into workplace industrial relations was undertaken through the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: The Context of IHRM
    1.:What is IHRM? Definitions and perspectives
    2.:The wider context of IHRM
    3.:Key academic models, theories and debates
    4.:Why does culture matter?
    5.:What is the institutional approach?
    Part 2: Challenges of HRM in multi-national enterprises
    6.:Recruitment and selection
    7.:International reward management
    8.:Performance management
    9.:Training, development and knowledge management
    10.:Managing diversity
    11.:Corporate social responsibility and ethical issues
    12.:Managing the employment relationship
    13.:Global talent management
    14.:The dark side of international employment


This book links together aspects of HRM with key concepts around organisations; not many IHRM textbooks currently on the market start from these 'basics', hence students find them difficult to read and comprehend. Crawley, Swailes and Walsh bring together everything that a student needs to know to get a complete picture of this area. - Dr. Francesca Andreescu, Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour, Westminster Business School

The examples used are up-to-date and are contextualised in a wide range of country contexts; this is really important given the cultural diversity of today's student cohorts. The book combines traditional and international aspects of the topic area, negating the need for more than one 'core' text. - Lynne Powell, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Newcastle Business School

I especially like the book's coverage of both macro and micro aspects, and the chapter on the dark-side - which is increasingly relevant nowadays. This is a reader-friendly text which is particularly suitable for overseas students. - Dr Hammad Akbar, Lecturer in Management and Course Director, MSc in International Human Resource Management, Norwich Business School

Additional Resources

Online Resource Centre
For lecturers:
1000-word case study, with questions and answers for lecturers; one case for each chapter of the book
Seminar discussion ideas

For students:
Web links
Answers to the end-of-chapter questions.

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