HR Assignments


Learning Outcomes and Assessment Feedback


Module Code & Title EDIBM/103 Strategic Change Management
  Module Learning Outcomes
LO1 Critically review and analyse the importance of HRM and its practices in an organisation, and how it can be linked with organisational behaviour activities in overcoming business issues and challenges for a better performance of the organisation.
LO2 Critically review and analyse the framework of leadership and consider the nature, strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches: traits; functional; behavioural; style; contingency. The continuum of leadership behaviour should be explored in some depth with consideration of the factors determining the chosen leadership style.
LO3 Discuss the concept of organisational behaviour and its interface with management. Review and critically synthesize the various influences on behaviour in organisations and the interface with management in integrating and balancing these.
LO4 Asses the role of IHRM and its impact on global organisation. Identify some of the key HRM challenges facing organisations working internationally. Discuss the prevalent HRM practices and integrating the best practices in global organisation.
Assessment types Marks Marks Achieved
Video Case Analysis 30  
Pre-departure Training Report 20  
HR Practices at Mazda and Chrysler 20  
Global Staffing Policies 30  
Overall Score 100


Overall Grade








The following grading criteria will be applicable for the course, Executive Diploma in International Business Management:


Marks Grade
70 to 100 A – Distinction
60 to 69 B – Merit
50 to 59 Pass
40 to 49 Fail with Resit
0 to 39 Fail with Retake


General Guidelines

(Please read the instructions carefully)


  1. Complete the title page with all necessary student details and ensure that the signature of the student is marked in the declaration form.
  2. All assignments must be submitted as an electronic document in MS Word to the LMS (Use 12 Times New Roman script).
  3. Assignment that is not submitted to the LMS by the prescribed deadline will be accepted ONLY under the REDO and RESIT submission policy of Westford.
  4. The results are declared only if the student has met the mandatory attendance requirement of 75% and/or a minimum of 50% under extenuating circumstances approved and ratified by the Academic Director.
  5. The assignment should not contain any contents including references cited from websites like,, ,
  6. Students can refer Wikipedia as a source of information, but the references cited in Wikipedia has to be mentioned.
  7. Submit the assignment in a MS Word document with the file name being:

First Name Last Name_ abbreviation of the subject.

Example: John Smith_IHRM.


Quick reference Checklist for the Faculty/Instructor to accept/reject the assignment before evaluation:


  1. Adherence to the deadline of submission date.
  2. Original cover sheet and format retained.
  3. Student information and signature intact.
  4. Font style and size used as instructed.
  5. Harvard Referencing System and Citations are strictly followed.










Assignment Task 1: Video Case Analysis [30 Marks]


800 words


Review the following YouTube Links on Google and Zappos, and answer the following questions: [Google] [Zappos]


  1. Compare the employee friendly Google offices in USA, China, Brazil and Switzerland and explain how the productivity of employees at Google has improved over the years.


  1. If you were an HR Consultant and asked to review the work culture at Zappos and implement similar initiatives at your organization, discuss how you would execute the task assigned to you.


  1. Compare how the Leadership styles at Google and Zappos influence employee behaviour and morale at the respective workplaces.





Assignment Task 2: [20 Marks]


750 words


You are assigned to design a pre-departure training program for a British family moving to UAE. Discuss the program in detail.


Scenario: A British couple with two school going children is taking up an expat assignment in UAE in February 2016. The husband has been offered a three year senior management assignment with Zayed University in Abudhabi. His wife is an experienced music teacher. Their two children, one boy and the other a girl, are aged 11 and 6 respectively.













Assignment Task 3: [20 Marks]




American Versus Japanese Human Resource Management Practices:


Scenario: Mazda and Chrysler faced similar threat of bankruptcy in early 1980s. Mazda’s managers agreed to a 25% salary cut and a loss of bonuses for four years. Chrysler, in contrast, cut its blue-collar workforce by 28%, its white-collar staff by 7% and its senior executives pay by 2%.


  1. Explain the starkly different approaches of Mazda and Chrysler in light of International HR strategies?


  1. Compare the cultural differences prevalent in America and Japan that may have influenced the decisions taken at Mazda and Chrysler.





Assignment Task 4: [30 Marks]




Global Staffing Policies:


  1. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of Ethnocentric, Polycentric and Geocentric Staffing policies.


  1. Give two examples each of Global Organizations practicing Ethnocentric, Polycentric and Geocentric Staffing policies and explain the benefits.


  1. Etisalat, a telecommunications company based in UAE has recently outsourced the customer service operations to Egypt. Explain the benefits of this HR initiative.