Strategic HRM in the Business Context - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Group (20-30%) , Case Study - Analysis (30-50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 3,050.00
International 3,300.00

This unit of study will emphasise the practicalities and thinking required of HR Managers to ensure that the actions undertaken by the HR function both prepare and align the organisation’s strategic plans to meet future challenges.  The unit will adopt a systemic view to examine how different HR practices align to make a strategic contribution to the organisation.  The unit will also adopt a holistic approach to investigate linkages between firm performance, organisational strategy, and HR strategy.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Apply advanced and coherent knowledge of the key concepts and theoretical foundations of strategic human resource management at an individual and group level.
  2. Critically analyse and address complex strategic HRM issues to support a change process.
  3. Critically evaluate and contrast theories of Strategic HRM and their application in organisations.
  • Analysis Task — Group (20-30%)
  • Case Study — Analysis (30-50%)
  • Essay — (30-40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Theoretical foundations of Strategic HRM
2HR strategy, structure, policy and organisational culture
3Contingency, configurational and best practice approaches
4Facilitating resource deployment through HR architectures
5The global, virtual, and technological context of HR
6HR as a conscience keeper, employee champion, and change agent

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Required textbooks

  • Strategy and Human Resource Management

    By:Boxall & Purcell

    ISBN: 9781137407634


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