Current Challenges in HRM (HRMP007)

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Credit value


Contact hours

20 contact hours


60% Group assignment
40% Class Test

The module ‘Current Challenges in HRM’ is an elective module introducing students to issues surrounding the manner in which HRM is affected by certain contexts, focusing on sectors that have key contemporary relevance. Specifically the module examines the contextual and technical factors affecting HRM and how HRM may be used to meet the needs of organisations in sectors of established and emerging global importance. The module’s second objective is to cover current challenges affecting the management of employees’ welfare in global organisations.

Indicative outline:

The module will seek to discuss key current topics within HRM such as:

  • Contextual and technological factors affecting HRM.
  • The importance of service organisations in a global economy; models of managing HRM in different kinds of service organisations and the particular kinds of skills that service organisations require.
  • The role of HRM in harnessing employee creativity within emerging sectors.
  • The way in which HRM can manage the pressures put upon employees within a global economy, investigating topics such as stress, bullying and work intensity.


Module Objectives

The module will enable students to:

  • Analyse the different forms that HRM may take within organisations.
  • Appreciate the importance of managing HRM contingently within sectors that contribute most to the global economy.
  • Analyse the extent to which HRM can contribute to favourable organisational outcomes.
  • Appreciate the pressures that workers are under in a global economy, the causes of these pressures and how HRM may alleviate them.
  • Apply theoretical models of HRM to the practical issues facing organisations.


Learning Outcomes

Specific knowledge and understanding of current developments in the subject

To furnish students with the knowledge and skills required to meet the module aims above. This will require exposure to cutting edge research and emerging theories within the field of HRM.

Generic and cognitive skills

Oral and written communication, team-working (group-work element), self- management of work priorities.

Problem solving, application of theory to practice, critical analysis.

Preparatory Work

Introductory reading:

Dowling, J. Festing, M and Engle A.D. (2013) International Human Resource Management, Cengage, Andover.


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