High-Performance Work Practices

Module code: LM3508

Module co-ordinator: Dr Glynne Williams

Module Outline

This module seeks to identify important global processes and examines how these processes affect human resource management and the national environments in which HRM situates. It also identifies the rise of multinational corporations (MNCs) within the ‘convergence-divergence’ debate.

Topics covered

  • Key principles of high-performance working
  • Links between performance and HRM practices
  • ‘Unitarist' and 'pluralist' accounts of HPWPs
  • Tensions between the interests of employers and employees in the management of performance


  • 150 hours of guided independent study


  • 3,000-4,000-word essay (100%)