International Human Resource Management

Policies and practices for multinational enterprises, 3rd Edition

By Dennis Briscoe, Dennis R. Briscoe, Randall S. Schuler, Lisbeth Claus

© 2009 – Routledge

424 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This essential book provides a thorough foundation for anyone studying or working in international human resource management. Featuring data and examples from international business, consulting practice, academic research, and interviews with IHRM managers in multinational and global organizations, it covers almost everything that is currently known in the field. The approach offers both a theoretical and practical treatment of this important and evolving area, relying heavily on the authors’ varied and international backgrounds.

Thoroughly updated and revised, this third edition includes learning objectives, key terms, discussion questions, and end-of-chapter vignettes for application of the ideas in the text. It is designed to lead readers through all of the key topics in a highly engaging and approachable way. The language is very ‘reader-friendly’ and it is global in scope and examples. The book focuses on IHRM within multinational enterprises (MNEs) from throughout the world, featuring topics including:

  • globalization of business and HRM
  • global strategy and structure
  • global HR planning and forecasting
  • global talent management
  • global training and management development
  • global compensation and benefits
  • global employee performance management
  • new trends in international HRM.

Uncovering precisely why IHRM is important for success, this outstanding textbook provides an essential foundation for an understanding of the theory and practice of IHRM. It is essential reading for all students, lecturers and IHRM professionals.


'Briscoe, Schuler and Claus have written an excellent book, which adopts a critical, yet highly accessible account of International HRM policy and practice in the multinational enterprise. It takes the research and practice literatures and integrates them in an innovative manner and combines rigorous research-based analysis with many useful practical examples. The book, which is a leader in the field, explains why managers need to develop International HRM approaches and strategies in relation to the strategic plans of the firm. It will be invaluable to both students and managers with an interest in the international dimensions of HRM.' - Hugh Scullion, National University of Ireland, Galway

'This is a vital resource for IHRM practitioners, academics, and students at all levels. A comprehensive book that provides a solid foundation in the essential knowledge and skills needed to prepare for a career in IHRM. Each chapter not only focuses on relevant research, but also includes practical examples and cases that illustrate the most up-to date ideas, tools, challenges, and developments in the field.'

Professor Ibraiz Tarique, Pace University, New York City, New York, U.S.A

Table of Contents

1. The Globalization of Human Resource Management 2. Creating the International Organization: Strategy and Structure 3. IHRM and Culture 4. Global Employment Law, Industrial Relations and International Ethics 5. Global Talent Management and Staffing 6. Training and Management Development in the Multinational Enterprise 7. Global Compensation, Benefits and Taxes 8. International Employee Performance Management 9. Well Being of the Global Workforce, Global HRIS, and Structure of Today’s IHRM

About the Authors

Dennis R. Briscoe is Professor (retired) of International Human Resource Management at the University of San Diego, California, where he taught for 30 years.

Randall S. Schuler is Professor of Strategic International Human Resource at the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and Research Professor at GSBA Zurich, Switzerland.

Lisbeth Claus is a Professor of Global HR at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management of Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

About the Series

Global HRM

Edited and authored by the best and most well known researchers in the field of human resource management (HRM), this series of books offers students accessible, coordinated and comprehensive textbooks on global HRM. To be used individually or together, these books cover the main bases of the area, including titles on global alliances, corporations, leadership, legal systems, staffing and compensation systems.

The series is organized into three strands: the first reflects general issues of global HRM; the second more specific HR functions in a global context; and the third, comparative human resource management.

Taking an expert look at an increasingly important area of global business, this is a groundbreaking new series that answers a real need for serious textbooks on global HRM.


Dedication: The late Professor Michael Poole was one of the founding series editors, and Profesors Schuler, Jackson, and Sparrow wish to dedicate the series to his memory.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science