Du Plessis and Beaver (2008) argue that pay and conditions of work should not be standardised in multi-national companies. Critically discuss their argument and explain and justify your position on this issue.

Du Plessis and Beaver (2008) argue that pay and conditions of work should not be standardised in multi-national companies. Critically discuss their argument and explain and justify your position on this issue.

THE TASK: write a 2,750 (+/- 10%) word paper that addresses the following:

(Andries J du Plessis and Bob Beaver, (2008) The Changing Role of Human Resource Managers for International Assignments   International Review of Business Research Papers,  Vol.4.No.5. October-November2008 Pp.166-181)

You will be expected to demonstrate that you:

1.    Have a critical understanding of the role of pay and reward in relation to different types of employees/international employees including performance and motivation.

2.    Have a critical understanding of the different types of reward and compensation approaches and practices.

3.    Appreciate the role and implications of country and firm level differences in employment regulations and worker rights and protections, and differences in cultural values, in the development of reward and compensation practices.

Learning Outcome Assessed

The learning outcomes being assessed relate to the following Knowledge Indicators in the MID:

Knowledge Indicators
25. Employment and other laws and practices in other countries.
26. Means and reasons for different individual and collective representation, communications, co-ordination and negotiation in different countries.
28. Different social security and pay and benefit systems in different countries.
29. Concepts of transnational co-ordination and control and centralised, decentralised, regional and local control models.

Word Length

The paper should be around 2,750 words (+/- 10%) in length plus references and any appendices.
Any penalties for not complying with word limits will be in accordance with University and Faculty policy.

This assignment must be submitted as an electronic copy via the module web by 23.55 pm on or before the above deadline (See instructions on module web).
Please note:

All work submitted after the submission deadline without an approved valid reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero. (This is not the same as a non-submission, as a late submission counts as an attempt and a mark of zero may allow you to resit the coursework.).

Short deferrals (extensions) of up to three calendar weeks can only be given for genuine “force majeure” and medical reasons, not for bad planning of your time. Please note that theft, loss, or failure to keep a back-up file, are not valid reasons. The short deferral must be applied for on or before the submission date. You can apply for a short deferral by submitting an Examination/ Coursework Deferral Application Form. Application Forms along with the supporting evidence should go to the [email protected] .

Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.

The electronic version of your assignment may be used to enable checks to be made using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites.

Assessment Criteria and Marking Scheme

The paper will be assessed out of 100 marks using the criteria on the pro-forma attached.

Basically, you will need to demonstrate the ability to:

•    Write a clear Introduction which identifies the issues within the context of the assigned IHRM question and, from this to demonstrate a logical structure and layout for the paper (10 marks)
•    Critically review the relevant literature and its implications for the aspect of IHRM discussed (30 marks)
•    Critically discuss the pertinent issues, grounded in the literature, relevant to the assigned question (35 marks)
•    Draw meaningful conclusions from this critical analysis and make any appropriate recommendations for IHRM (15 marks)
•    Structure and present the discussion in a clear, logical and coherent way, and correctly reference all published material included in the paper (10 marks)

Return of Marked Work
Marks will be uploaded onto the module web and returned via reception 2 weeks after the submission date.

PLAGIARISM WARNING! – Assignments should not be copied in part or in whole from any other source, except for any marked up quotations, that clearly distinguish what has been quoted from your own work. All references used must be given, and the specific page number used should also be given for any direct quotations, which should be in inverted commas. Students found copying from the internet or other sources will get zero marks and may be excluded from the university.

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