Strategic and Operational HRM in Context (HRMP001)

This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

 

Module Co-ordinator

Dr Saira Lee

Semester

Autumn

Level

11

Credit value

20

Contact hours

40 contact hours

Assessment

40% individual assignment
20% group presentation
40% Examination 

The module aims to introduce students to the foundational concepts and perspectives in HRM and provides them with a critical perspective on the theory and practice in this area.  The module also examines the strategic importance of HRM and the implications of managing in an international context.

The module will seek to make sense of what we mean by HRM, examine key practice areas of HRM and discuss the implications of theoretical perspectives, including best practice and best fit.  The module will examine the various factors affecting the management of people, including stakeholders, shifts in occupations, environmental changes and international aspects.  The module also assesses the current status and future prospects of strategic HRM.

Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of HRM and its strategic place in managing organisations operating in international contexts.
  • Make sense of conflicting analyses of HRM in theory and practice
  • Critically reflect upon the strategic value and operation of HRM with regards to its contribution to an organisation’s business objectives
  • Obtain insight into the opportunities and challenges associated with utilising strategic HRM in different contexts
  • Generate an understanding of the internal and external environmental factors which have implications for HRM and organisations, managers, HR professionals and workers
  • Consider how various stakeholders have conflicting interests and how these can be addressed.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students are expected to have developed the following learning outcomes and skills:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understand and evaluate the key functional areas of HRM
  • Make sense of the key debates surrounding the theory and practice of HRM
  • Critically appraise the role of HRM and its strategic place in organisations operating in international contexts
  • Identify internal and external factors which influence HRM and have implications for organisations, managers and workers operating in international contexts
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of approaches to HRM in different operational settings and circumstances
  • Critically assess the interest of various stakeholders and how to manage these in practice
  • Assess the usefulness of SHRM to organisations and challenges surrounding its future development

 Generic and cognitive skills

  • Collate, interpret and present a range of materials
  • Develop, present and communicate arguments logically in written and verbal form
  • Develop the capacity for argumentation, debate and persuasion
  • Work independently and manage time effectively
  • Work effectively as part of a team

Introductory reading

Students are encouraged to refer to the following readings to obtain an introductory insight into HRM within the international context:

Brewster,C. and Mayrhofer, W. (2015) ‘Comparative Human Resource Management’.  In Harzing, A.W. and Pinnington, A. H. (Eds) International Human Resource Management.  London: Sage Publications Ltd.  Chapter 2: pp. 45-79.

Kidger, P. J. (1991) ‘The Emergence of International Human Resource Management’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2, 2, pp. 149-163.

Lucas, R. and Curtis, S. (2006) ‘Human Resource Management’.  In Lucas, R., Lupton, B. and Mathieson, H. (Eds) Human Resource Management in an International Context.  London: CIPD.  Chapter 3: pp. 37-61.

Lertxundia, A. and Landetab, J. (2012) ‘The Dilemma Facing Multinational Enterprises: Transfer or Adaptation of Their Human Resource Management Systems’, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23, 9, pp. 1788-1807.

Students are encouraged to refer to the following two textbooks to develop their understanding of topics covered in the module:

Harzing, A.W. and Pinnington, A. H. (2015) International Human Resource Management.  London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Lucas, R., Lupton, B. and Mathieson, H. (2006) Human Resource Management in an International Context.  London: CIPD.

 

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