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MGT8031 Global Issues in Employment Relations

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Business
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 22 March 2023


The importance of global employment relations issues to human resource managers and other managers in their roles is found in the knowledge of their respective employment relations frameworks. Change in labour markets and the interdependent economies throughout the world has been fast-moving and significant in its impact on organisations. The role of the state in regulating employment relations is shifting dramatically and all organisations are bound by industrial relations and employment law regardless of the country or countries in which they operate. Students are encouraged to consider the wider implications of managing the HR function within organisations operating in the global marketplace. Protections that workers enjoy in different countries vary according to the regulatory environment and HR professionals need to be aware of these differences. This course encourages students to think outside their own legislative framework and consider the themes emerging within the international context of employment relations.

The relations between `employers' (and managers as their `agents' in the workplace) and workers (or non-managerial employees mainly) throughout the world have faced enormous pressures arising from changes related to things like the increasingly global nature of work, increased domestic and international competition and other political and socio-economic pressures specific to different countries. Amongst others, organisations are pressured into becoming increasingly more flexible, efficient and productive. This course will assist students in developing an understanding of the complexity of these relations by putting it into an appropriate contextual setting, and by focusing on several critical issues surrounding the management of work and working people in the global workforce. The course adopts a critical perspective on a range of issues arising from employment relations and the broader socio-economic and political contexts within which these develop. The course considers, from an analytical and critical angle, aspects that relate to various concepts and themes such as human resource management, employee participation, trade unionism and empowerment. Apart from the global emphasis there are also specific international comparative perspectives woven into the course.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 22 March 2023