Project-based Assignment (Part 2)



Project-based Assignment (Part 2)


Ref Style: Harvard reference style

Number of References: must use a minimum of Eight ‘peer reviewed’ journal articles and at least Four scholarly texts (This is the minimum required to pass the research component of this assignment).



The context of this individual report is that you are the team leader of your workplace relations working group and you individually have been asked by a senior member of the parent firm (IKEA) to submit a report identifying key factors that they should consider in improving the firm’s practices in the two countries/ regions being used in your case study outside of the parent country (China and Australia). Your report is to focus on three aspects of the management of expatriate employees in the two host countries or regions (China Australian):

  • Sourcing (workforce planning, recruitment and selection)
  • Development
  • Performance management


The Individual Report is to present a literature review of research on these IHRM practice areas. Students then need to consider what you know about IKEA’s operations, its corporate strategies and its workforce management practices and the characteristics of the two host countries/regions being used in your case study. You need to identify what aspects of the firm’s expatriation practices may need to be improved to sustain the successful operation of IKEA in Australia and Asia in China or India.

The Individual Report needs to draw upon the research literature to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges that all multinational firms face in relation to operating in different cultural contexts and the tension that exists between a multinational adopting standardized global practices versus localized practices in IHRM (this applies to expatriates as well as locally engaged staff). The findings and conclusions section of your report should draw upon the academic literature relating to the focus issues. The research literature should be used in framing your recommendations about potential changes in IKEA’s expatriate management practices in Australia and Asia in China or India that has the potential to improve its operation and sustain its long term competitive advantage in these countries.

Your report needs to be structured along the following lines:

  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Discussion
  • Findings and Conclusions
  • Recommendations
  • Attachments:
  • Reference List
  • Other source material

The research report should contain a clearly designated Introduction Section that sets the scene for the research report, defines key terms, sets out the central argument about the organization’s IHRM practices and workforce management challenges and the position being taken on the organization’s need for practice improvement in relation to its expatriate employees.


The research report should contain:

  • a Background Section that is effectively a synthesis of the key points from the project-team report (attached).

– a Discussion Section that should address the three specific IHRM practice areas dealing with expatriate employees:

  1. Sourcing expatriates for international assignments;
  2. Development of expatriates for international assignments;
  3. Performance management of expatriates.

– a Findings and Conclusions Section it should address what was found from the research on best practice or best fit in relation to these key IHRM practice areas and why a gap between theory and practice may exist in relation to the case study organization?

– a Recommendations Section it must address whether and to what extent there is opportunity in the case study organization for practice improvement in key IHRM practices and what the form any changes might be? The recommendations must draw from and be consistent with the Discussion Section and the Findings and Conclusions Section of the report.


Main Sources to answer these questions

  1. The Unit Textbook: Ozbilgin, MF Groutsis D & Harvey WS 2014 International Human Resource Management, Cambridge Press, Australia.
  2. Article: Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA.
  3. Article: Selling IKEA abroad: International retailing relies on understanding local culture.
  4. Article: The IKEA Saga: How Service Culture Drives Service Strategy.
  6. Article: BGRS 2016 Breakthrough to the future of global talent mobility (page 17 Strategies + synergies = Success + the diagram in page 18).


** Extra points to mention: IKEA’s Talent week + IKEA’s Backpacker program + IKEA is a member of Permits Foundation**


* Note submissions that do not use the assigned materials and use unallocated materials instead will lose marks.

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