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Subject Summary

Managing People in a Global Context is an AIB MBA elective subject that will give you a comprehensive understanding of the complexities and challenges of managing a global workforce. It delves into how globalisation has influenced and impacted human resource management practices in multinational enterprises, providing valuable learning for managers and HR practitioners with globally distributed workforces.

This subject brings to the forefront the importance of developing a global mindset in HR management, addressing the contemporary challenges of International Human Resource Management (IHRM) in an ethical and socially responsible manner. You’ll learn how multinational firms, including big brands like Amazon and Uber, implement and apply their international HRM practices across different institutions and cultures.

By the end of the subject, you’ll be able to lead and actively engage in international HR initiatives, fostering a culture of inclusivity and global talent optimisation. You’ll also be well-prepared to address complex issues related to cross-cultural communication, expatriation, legal compliance, talent acquisition and development, and global HR strategy.

Discover the art of international HR management with AIB’s Managing People in a Global Context MBA subject and the specialised Human Resource Management MBA curriculum.  

AIB Subject Code
QualificationsMBA (General)
MBA (Human Resource Management)
AQF LevelLevel 9
Delivery100% online
Subject Length8 weeks
Prerequisite SubjectsStrategic Human Resource Management
Start Dates2024 MBA Timetable
2025 MBA Timetable

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Subject Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of contemporary international HRM theories, principles and concepts.
  • Critically analyse international HRM practices and their application in a global context.
  • Identify and evaluate different contemporary perspectives, value systems and trends and their impact on international HRM policy and practice.
  • Design and effectively communicate an appropriate evidence-based international HRM strategy which takes into account socially responsible and ethical practice for an organisation.
Key Topics
  • The cultural and organisational context of international HRM
  • International HRM in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international alliances and SMEs
  • International performance management, compensation, training, development and careers
  • International industrial relations and the global institutional context
  • Trends and future challenges


In this subject, you’ll complete two assessments that will deepen your practical understanding of international HR management. In the first, you’ll critically evaluate a contemporary international HRM question, articulating your views and position on it. You’ll link theories from the subject learning to your own experience to bring the essay to life. The second and final Managing People in a Global Context assessment centres around a case study analysis, through which you’ll make recommendations on how to manage cross-cultural diversity.

I’m really passionate about business and different cultures, so my favourite MBA subject was Managing People in a Global Context. I have worked for global organisations for a very long time, but the subject helped me further understand the cultures that I was working with and how differing perspectives come into play.

How you will learn

100% Online MBA Learning

Our innovative Student Learning Portal is your ultimate digital resource for everything you’ll need to successfully complete this subject and your online MBA, with the flexibility to access your learning materials, videos, podcasts and other multimedia on any device. You’ll engage with fellow students and have key concepts explained by your Online Facilitators in webinars and forums.


In addition to the Student Learning Portal, the myAIB app allows you to download modules and full subjects to view offline to save your cellular data, receive notifications for assessments and webinars, listen to audio versions of modules through Soundcloud and enjoy many other useful features.

The myAIB learning portal app is available on Google play and on the Apple app store.

AIB supports your success

When you study with AIB, you’ll be supported by our skilful team of over 180 academic, student support and professional staff, who will be with you every step of your MBA journey.

Student Learning Portal

  • Our innovative Student Learning Portal provides all the resources and support you’ll need to successfully complete your MBA studies


  • Highly qualified and experienced academics
  • Practice-centric curricula, innovative learning resources and realistic assessment techniques

Study Tools

  • Access to tools you’ll need to successfully complete your degree and excel in your career including Office 365, LinkedIn Learning, Scite_, GrammarlyEDU and Endnote

Student Support

  • Dedicated student and enrolment teams
  • Supporting you with any issues big or small from orientation to graduation

Online Facilitators

  • Each class has a dedicated Facilitator (OLF) and a limit of just 50 students to ensure you’ll benefit from high levels of interaction, relationship building and learning

Wellbeing and career support

  • Access to a confidential support service providing personal counselling, wellbeing advice and career assistance

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the potential career opportunities after completing Managing People in a Global Context?

Graduates of Managing People in a Global Context can pursue various career opportunities, including roles in international HR management, global talent acquisition, expatriate services, international business development and cross-cultural consulting. Additionally, the skills acquired in the subject are highly transferable and leverageable to open doors to leadership positions in various fields that require global awareness, effective communication and cultural sensitivity.

How will this subject help me stay competitive in an increasingly globalised world?

Managing People in a Global Context equips you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a globalised business environment. As the world becomes more interconnected, the ability to manage a diverse workforce, understand international regulations and navigate cross-cultural challenges is increasingly valuable. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager in a multinational corporation or an aspiring leader, the insights gained in this subject will enable you to adapt, innovate and excel in today’s global professional landscape.

How will Managing People in a Global Context benefit me if I’m not pursuing a career in HR?

Even if you are not planning a career in HR, this subject can be highly valuable. The subject equips you with essential skills in cross-cultural communication, leadership and conflict resolution, which are applicable in a large range of professional areas. Whether you aspire to lead international teams, work in global organisations or launch your own business, the knowledge gained in Managing People in a Global Context can significantly enhance your ability to collaborate and succeed in a diverse and interconnected world.

Do I need prior knowledge in international human resource management (IHRM) to succeed in this subject?

No, prior knowledge in HR management is not a requirement for success in Managing People in a Global Context. This subject is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in international HR management principles, making it accessible to students from diverse educational backgrounds. It covers the essential concepts and practices to ensure all students can understand and excel in the subject. Within your MBA timetable, Managing People in a Global Context will be taken following the completion of AIB’s core HR MBA subject, Strategic Human Resource Management.

Can I specialise my MBA in HR?

Yes, AIB offers an MBA specialisation in Human Resource Management. It’s often the pathway of choice for HR specialists, those working toward a career change into HR or professionals with a keen interest in the management of people as an organisation’s most valuable asset. Studying the specialised HR MBA, students will take AIB’s core business subjects before undertaking the HR discipline units: Managing People in a Global Context, Managing Change and Organisational Learning and Development. Following completion of the final subject – Project – they will earn their MBA specialised in HR.

Learn more about the MBA (Human Resource Management).

How do I apply to study Managing People in a Global Context?

If you’re interested in studying Managing People in a Global Context within the AIB MBA, get in touch with an AIB Advisor to discuss your application and timetabling. 

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