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International Human Resource Management

International Human Resource Management

Fifth Edition
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November 2018 | 640 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Used by over 25,000 students across 130 countries, this bestselling text, written by leading international experts in each topic, retains its critical edge, academic rigour and breadth of coverage in the new fifth edition.


The new edition reflects the contemporary debates and emerging issues in the field of International HRM, supplementing classic theories and models with recent research and international developments. Divided into three parts, the first section looks at the ways of thinking about IHRM theory and practice; the second section deals with multinational companies and how they manage their workforce around the world; the final section looks at both traditional and newer approaches to IHRM policies and practices.


A selection of up-to-date examples from across the globe are used to support the text, including Uber’s regulatory challenges across Europe, the gig economy, employment rights after Brexit, health insurance for part-timers in the US and EU, attracting and retaining ‘millennials’, the world’s happiest and unhappiest countries, and CSR in Hong Kong.


The book is complemented by free
Suitable reading for upper-undergraduate and masters level students on IHRM modules.

Part I: Cultural, Comparative and Organizational Perspectives on IHRM
Laurence Romani
1. Culture and Cross-Cultural Management
Chris Brewster and Wolfgang Mayrhofer
2. Comparative Human Resource Management
Tony Edwards
3. The Transfer of Employment Practices across Borders in Multinational Companies
Chris Rowley, Jean Qi Wei and Malcolm Warner
4. Approaches to International Human Resource Management
Part II: International Assignments and Employment Practices
B. Sebastian Reiche and Anne-Wil Harzing
5: International Assignments
Damian Grimshaw, Jill Rubery and Phil Almond
6: Multinational Companies and the Host Country Environment
Robert Mackenzie and Miguel Martinez Lucio
7: MNCs, Regulation and the Changing Context of International Human Resource Management
Vladimir Pucik, Ingmar Bjorkman, Paul Evans and Günter K. Stahl
8: Human Resource Management in Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions
Part III: IHRM Policies and Practices
Ingmar Bjorkman, Paul Evans, Vladimir Pucik and Dana Minbaeva
9: Managing Knowledge in Multinational Firms
Ashly H. Pinnington, Yaw A. Debrah, Christopher J. Rees and Raphael O. Oseghale
10: Training and Development: Developing Global Leaders and Expatriates
Chris Rowley, Alan Nankervis and Malcom Warner
11: Global and Local Resourcing: The Cases of Japan, Taiwan, China and Vietnam
Arup Varma, Pawan S. Budhwar and Mengying Yu
12: Global Performance Management
K. Galen Kroeck and Mary Ann Von Glinow
13: Total Rewards in the International Context
Fang Lee Cooke
14: Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management in the Global Context
Fang Lee Cooke
15: Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability through Ethical HRM Practices


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For Instructors:

  • PowerPoint slides
  • Additional case studies

For Students:

  • SAGE Video clips with critical thinking questions
  • Free SAGE journal articles for every chapter
  • Annotated useful weblinks
  • Suggested answers to self-assessment questions in the book

In the 5th edition of International Human Resource Management, Sebastian Reiche, Anne-Wil Harzing, and Helene Tenzer continue to set the standard for texts in the area. The volume is comprehensive in its coverage, bringing together an authoritative international author team. A key strength of the volume is balancing intellectual rigour and accessibility in the content and the authors achieve this in each of the chapters. This is a must read far anyone wishing to understand what is currently happening in international HRM.

Professor David G. Collings
Dublin City University Business School, Ireland

Having taught international human resource management for many years, I have always struggled to find an appropriate text that is grounded in research and that is comprehensive in covering the complexities of managing people across borders. With this collection of chapters, each of which is written by experts in their respective fields, my quest is over! I especially like the emphasis given to the greater cultural, institutional, and organizational contexts in which MNCs operate as well as the challenges of managing expatriates and host country employees around the world.

Dr Margaret A. Shaffer
Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma

I've found this book while generally helpful, really quite limiting too. I am teaching African students both in the UK and based in Africa, who are researching and working within African organisations and aside from a single mention of South African legislation from 2001 (which applies to just one quite distinctive country) there is nothing meaningful that applies to students from this continent, which is really disappointing given its title which suggests international perspectives.

Mrs Michelle Blackburn
Business and Management, Sheffield Hallam University
April 4, 2022

I liked the topics and case studies. Instructor materials could be more robust.

Dr Dina Frutos-Bencze
Economics Business Dept, Saint Anselm College
January 27, 2021

Very comprehensive textbook that comes with complementary online resources. I would recommend it for both UG and PG IHRM courses.

Ms siham Aboujanah
Management and HR, Coventry University London Campus
November 1, 2018

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