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International Human Resource Management, (with CourseMate and eBook Access Card) 6e, 6th Edition

  • Peter Dowling
  • Marion Festing PhD
  • Allen D. Engle, Sr. D.B.A
  • ISBN-10: 1408075741
  • ISBN-13: 9781408075746
  • 400 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Dowling et al is a rare instance of a textbook that has developed alongside the field - helping to shape what it is today - and remains the market leading IHRM textbook worldwide. The international author team have ensured this edition is even more international than its predecessors, whilst also remaining close to curriculum developments. New edition changes include a streamlined chapter structure and a new chapter on the cultural context of IHRM. The focus on expatriates has been balanced with a stronger global management emphasis throughout. The content also reflects the current economic climate, including greater coverage of turbulence for IHRM and issues of employee separation. There is also expanded coverage of business ethics, outsourcing, emerging markets and small medium enterprises. In addition the new edition includes a wealth of case study material and class discussion material. A fully tailored CourseMate and Instructor’s website will also be available to adopters. MARKET: Dowling et al is a core textbook for "International HRM" modules (IHRM) as taught at intermediate and postgraduate levels on all HRM programmes and the majority of broad-based business programmes. It is also used on some "International Management" modules. This textbook is autopackaged with CourseMate. CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook and the textbook-specific website. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook and interactive teaching and learning tools including quizzes, flashcards, videos, and more and an EngagementTracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course.


  • Dowling et al is widely recognized as the leading IHRM textbook in the field and key product features that have allowed it to attain this position include: Modern coverage of the SME and MNE environment – ensuring students are kept up to date with the most recent issues.

  • Consistent updating of the underpinning research literature with each new edition providing students with the latest thinking in the field.

  • One of the first IHRM textbooks to introduce modern pedagogical features, such as learning objectives, IHRM in Action boxes and discussion questions enabling students to easily navigate the text.

  • Adherence to the latest key issues in the field with each new edition ensuring the text covers contemporary issues.

About the Author

Peter Dowling

Peter J. Dowling (Ph.D, The Flinders University of South Australia) is a Professor of Human Resource Management at La Trobe University. He has co-authored a number of books and has written or co-authored over seventy journal articles and book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of World Business, Management International Review, Journal of International Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Management & Organization and ZfPGerman Journal of Human Resource Research. Peter is President of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (IFSAM), a Vice-President of the Australia & New Zealand International Business Academy, a Life Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies at Cornell University. Former roles include past National Vice-President of the Australian Human Resources Institute and editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources (1987-1996).

Marion Festing PhD

Marion Festing is Professor of Human Resource Management and Intercultural Leadership at ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Berlin, Germany. Her previous appointments include the University of Paderborn, Germany, and she has gained educational, research and work experience in France, Australia, Tunisia, Taiwan, and the U.S. Dr. Festing's current research interests focus on transnational HRM strategies, global careers, and global compensation. Her publications include a book on strategic international human resource management (Strategisches Internationales Personalmanagement, 2e) and a co-authored text on international human resource management (Internationales Personalmanagement, 2e). In addition, she has written or co-authored more than 50 book chapters and journal articles, as well as published in such international journals as Management International Review, Economic and Industrial Demography, European Management Journal, and International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business. Dr. Festing serves on the editorial boards of Career Development International, Journal of Management & Organization, International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, ZFP-German Journal of Human Resource Research, and Zeitschrift Für Management. In 2006, Dr. Festing served as co-chair of the IHRM track at the IFSAM conference in Berlin. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Paderborn.

Allen D. Engle, Sr. D.B.A

Allen D. Engle, Sr. is a professor of management in the College of Business and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University, where he has taught courses in management, human resource administration, organizational behavior, organizational theory, and international management. He also has been a visiting lecturer at the FHS - Hochschule Für Technik, Wirtschaft und Soziale Arbeit, St. Gallen in Switzerland, and a visiting professor of international management at the University of Pécs in Hungary. Dr. Engle is a national and regional professional member of World at Work (formerly the American Compensation Association) and the Society for Human Resource Management, as well as a longtime member of the U.S. Academy of Management. His research interests are in the topic areas of compensation theory and practices, leadership and organizational change, job analysis, managerial competencies, and organizational design -- particularly their impact on multinational firms. Published in regional, national, and international academic journals, Dr. Engle has presented academic papers at conferences in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. He also has consulted for regional firms and presented professional seminars in the areas of performance appraisal systems, executive team building, strategically responsive compensation systems, intercultural management issues and organizational change. He received his D.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Cultural Context of IHRM
3. The organizational context
4. IHRM in Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, International Alliances and SMEs
5. Sourcing human resources for global markets – staffing, recruitment and selection
6. International Performance Management
7. International Training, Development & Careers
8. International compensation
9. International industrial relations and the global institutional context
10. IHRM Trends and Future Challenges

Case 1. Spanning the Globe by Allen D. Engle, Sr.
Case 2. Quality Compliance at the Hawthorn Arms by Allen D. Engle, Sr.
Case 3. Wolfgang’s Balancing Act by Marion Festing and Allen D. Engle, Sr.
Case 4. Strategic Forecasts and Staffing Formulation: executive and Managerial Planning for Bosch-Kazakhstan by Marion Festing and Manfred Froehlecke
Case 5. Just Another Move to China? The Impact of International Assignments on Expatriate Families by Yvonne McNulty
Case 6. Expatriate Compensation at Robert Bosch GmbH: Coping With Modern Mobility Challenges Ihar Sahakiants, Marion Festing and Manfred Froehlecke
Case 7. Balancing Values: An Indian Perspective on Corporate Values from Scandinavia Martine Cardel Gertsen and Mette Zølner
Case 8. Local and International: Managing Complex Employment Expectations by Maike Andresen

New to this edition

  • New chapter on the Cultural Context of IHRM, which shows students the effects of different cultures on companies and workforces.
  • More on outsourcing to different countries and off shoring, particularly to emerging markets such as China and India, provides key insights to these crucial markets.
  • Expanded coverage of business ethics, unions, talent management, the impact of technology on HR activities in MNEs, and the role of HRM in cross-border knowledge management in multinational SMEs and non profit organizations gives students greater depth and insight into these key topics.
  • More emphasis on cross-disciplinary writing, organisation-wide application of global systems, and the future of the HR function and its role in knowledge management in MNEs.
  • This edition benefits from a streamlined chapter structure and brand new text design that helps maintainstudent’s attention.
  • Fully updated case studies and four brand new cases written by eminent international authors explore key topics in more depth and help demonstrate theory in practice.
  • Increased IHRM in Action features throughout the text encourage students to reflect upon the material.