SHRM in French Multinational Companies

Please refer to the following article to base your answers on, Jiang, C and Yahiaoui, D (2019). ‘French multinational companies’ HRM in China: strategic orientation and integration approaches.’

  1. Examine how the role of SHRM has evolved in French multinational companies.                                                              (20 marks)
  • Assess the approaches to recruitment within the article and provide recommendations for improvements.    (25 marks)
  • Critically examine how challenges with managing performance can be overcome when introducing performance reviews into Chinese subsidiaries.  (25 marks)
  • Analyse how training and development can improve performance within the Chinese subsidiaries.  (15 marks)
  • Provide a reflection on your learnings from Units 1 to 4, and how useful these are for your personal development. (15 marks)

Explain and illustrate your answer in no more than 2,500 words. This limit includes tables and captions but excludes footnotes, endnotes, tables of figures and references. Answers that exceed this limit will result in a loss of marks. Full details of penalties for late submission, exceeding the word limit and other information can be found at the end of this assignment.

Your assignment should be submitted via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to The Centre for Financial and Management Studies no later than 25th July 2023. Full instructions are available on the VLE.

Student Assignment Guidelines 

The purpose of the assignment is to demonstrate your understanding of Units 1 to 4. In order to meet the assessment criteria you are required to answer the questions in full. Please take note of the mark allocation to the questions and plan your word count accordingly. To gain higher marks you will need to demonstrate higher academic skills.

You will also need to use a range of sources to demonstrate wider reading and research using both the learning materials and the online library.

Your assignment must be properly referenced. Further information on referencing (ie the Harvard system) is available in Studying at a Distance by Talbot on the Virtual Learning Environment.


All assignments submitted must be your own work and written in your own words. Where you have used quoted material, you must make full reference to it. You must cite all references used throughout your work at the end of your assignment. Advice on what is classified as plagiarism and the action taken against this can be found in the University of London Regulations and on the Virtual Learning Environment.

Submitting Assignments 

Students are required to submit their assignment in one place only on the Virtual Learning Environment using TurnItIn, the plagiarism detection software.

Instructions on how to do this can be found on the Virtual Learning Environment on your module assignment page.

Please see the information below for the current policy on penalties.


Late Submission

Assignments submitted after the published deadline will be penalised.

Marks will be deducted at a rate of two marks per working day (ie Mon-Fri, and a maximum of 10 marks for up to one week after the deadline). Assignments will not be accepted or marked beyond seven days after the deadline. If the submission deadline beyond seven days is missed, students must re-enrol for the course and submit all outstanding assignments. There is no procedure for extensions.

Penalties for late submission of assignments (ie up to seven days from the deadline) may be waived if all the following conditions are met:

  • Immediate, unexpected or unforeseen difficulties. Such difficulties may include: illness, bereavement, impact of disability, sudden and severe change in personal circumstances.
  • The impact of such difficulties will be of a significant and unavoidable nature.
  • The request must be accompanied by relevant documentation (eg medical certification).

Word count & Over length Assignments

Tutor Marked Assignments should be 2500 words in length. The word count excludes footnotes (provided they contain a reference and are not part of the assignment answer) endnotes, bibliography and figures. Tables which contain text will be included in the total word count, whilst tables which contain numerical data will not.

Over length assignments will be penalised as follows: Up to and including 10% – 5 marks

Between 10% & 20% – 10 marks Between 20% & 30% – 15 marks.

Over 30%. The assignment will not be marked but will be given a grade of 0.

In the case of assignments that are not essays, alternative but commensurate limits and penalties will be applied to over-length submissions.

Referencing and Citation

Students are expected to use the Harvard system of referencing. Incorrect referencing can lead to penalties and if a student is found to have plagiarised it is an examination offence. For this reason, all assignments must be submitted to TurnItIn which checks students’ work against existing books, journals and student assignments.

The penalties for plagiarism are set by the University of London. Please see the Virtual Learning Environment resources on Referencing and Citation for detailed examples of how to reference correctly to avoid unnecessary deductions.

Eligibility for examination

Should a student sit an examination without having submitted the required number of assignments, the examination entry and/or examination result will be declared invalid.

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