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School of Management and Marketing


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MGMT 3012 International Human Resource Management

This paper is for ALL campuses

This is a Take-Home OPEN BOOK


Examination Duration 2 (TWO) Days

Reading Time Nil

Total Marks 40 Marks

Case Study Instructions

1. The Case Study will be available under the Assessments link (on Blackboard) from 05:00 PM on

Wednesday 1st February 2023 to 05:00 PM (AWST) on Friday 3rd February 2023.

2. This Assessment can be completed within 2-4 hours; however ALL students are given a full 48 hour

window to allow flexibility with other exams, internet connection issues etc.

3. Download the case and answer all the questions in a blank MS Word file (offline) during the

available time.

4. All questions are compulsory and MUST be addressed.

5. The expected answer to EACH question, regardless of its value (mark), is between 1-2 pages,

which is approximately 400-700 words. You will not be penalised for going over or under the above

word count as long as your response to the questions are relevant, comprehensive, coherent, and

addresses ALL parts of the question. There is no need to follow an essay or a report format. As such,

there is no need for a cover/contents page, executive summary, introduction, and conclusion. However,

you must use full sentences and avoid using bullet points.

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ONLY ONE submission is allowed for this assessment. NO DRAFT submission is allowed. When you

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7. If there are other technical issues when you submit, you should email us immediately with a copy of

your paper. We highly encourage you to submit your answers at least a few hours before the due date

to be able to manage such potential issues.

8. Please ensure to rename the file you upload with your surname, given name, student ID, day and time

of your tutorial, and campus location: e.g. Smith_John_10032324_Monday_2pm_Bentley.

9. Due to the quick turnaround time for finalising marks for this assessment, NO LATE SUBMISSION is


10. Referencing: There is no minimum required references for this assessment, meaning that you will

not lose marks for not having any references. However, this does not mean you can freely copy and

paste information from any other published sources without adequate referencing. If you wish to use

any information (either direct quotes or paraphrase) from any published sources such as your lecture

slides, the unit text books, any journal articles, websites, reports, etc., you MUST ensure that you

properly reference it both in-text as well as in your reference list at the end of your submission to avoid

plagiarism. Collusion and academic integrity principles apply to this assessment.

Good luck in your submission.

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Read the below scenario/case and answer the following THREE questions.


Establishing a New Subsidiary in Venezuela

You are the HR manager of an Australian Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) in the oil and gas

industry, targeting a new market in Venezuela. According to the Organisation of the Petroleum

Exporting Countries (OPEC), Venezuela’s oil revenues account for about 99 per cent of export

earnings. Apart from petroleum, the country’s natural resources include natural gas, iron ore,

gold, bauxite, diamonds and other minerals. However, there are also certain challenges and

concerns in this foreign location. Seven years of mismanagement and political purges has

undermined the sector and destabilised the national economy.

Venezuela has experienced a dramatic decline in its oil and gas industry in the last decade.

Reversing its fortunes will demand a complete overhaul of its legal and institutional framework

for the sector, with attracting international investments the key objective. This could be seen

as an opportunity for this SME as it is expected to receive the host country’s government

support through legislation and other supportive policies.

Furthermore, both corruption and organized crime are widespread throughout the country and

have a major impact on internal political dynamics. The country ranks 173rd out of 180

in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. This can create a serious

challenge for the new subsidiary of the SME.

The two owners have done well to build their SME and are now seeking growth, which can be

achieved through the Spanish-speaking nation of Venezuela. It will be challenging for the SME

to grow in this international market, therefore they need to get the entry strategy correct. The

SME has previously developed sales and some minimal branding efforts through a local agent

in Venezuela. It is now time to make a direct entry into the market through Foreign Direct

Investment to strengthen its presence in the foreign host location. Before embarking in any

formal training processes, a suitable candidate must be considered to lead this newly

established subsidiary in Venezuela. At present, your options are as follows:

A. Assign one of the SME founders to the role. This founder is an Australian woman who

is in her mid-fifties, married, and has two adult children (one child in the last year of

University). She has only travelled within Europe for short holidays and only speaks

English. She has extensive senior leadership skills in the Australian context.

B. Assign the Technical Manager of the SME’s local partner in Venezuela who

understands the product and manufacturing process and has some senior leadership

skills in the Venezuelan context. He is single and a Venezuelan national.

C. Advertise the role to recruit and select a suitable candidate from within or external to

the SME.

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Using the theories and terms you learned in this unit, answer the following THREE


1) Compare and critically discuss the four international staffing approaches to justify

ONE of the provided options (in the above case study) that would ensure the

success of this subsidiary in the Venezuelan context. Provide relevant examples

from the case and/or beyond to support your answer. (20 marks)

2) Define and critically discuss the three international business ethics approaches that we

studied in this unit and justify which one would best address the corruption issue

in this new subsidiary. Provide real-life examples to support your answer. (10 marks)

3) In regards to repatriation issues and potential challenges, identify and critically reflect

on at least FOUR factors that can have negative influence on the repatriation

adjustment process in this case. Provide relevant examples from the case and/or

beyond to support your answer (10 marks)