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Contemporary Developments in HRM and Organisations

Please note that the following information may be subject to change.

Programme: Undergraduate

Module Code: N13436

Semester: Autumn

Convenor: Sophie Mills

Credits & Level: 10 Credits, Level 3

Pre-requisites: N11612 (Work and Society) AND N11613 (Organisational Behaviour) AND N12425 (Human Resource Management).

Co-requisites: None.

Target Students: Available to Part I and Part II Business School students and Joint/Minor students with the required pre-requisites.

Delivery: 8 ninety-minute lectures and 3 two-hour seminar

Assessment: One 1.5 hour exam based on a pre-seen case study (100%)

Exam Format:Two compulsory questions based on a pre-seen case study

Summary of Content This module introduces students to key contemporary debates and practices, giving them a chance to engage with these debates and practices. Students will gain an understanding of the human resource management approaches managers take as they grapple with the challenges of the global economy and a demanding and diverse workforce within an international context.

Aims To enable students to build on their knowledge of HRM and OB to think more critically about the recent developments in the subject, both in terms of theoretical developments and how organisations are dealing with change.

Key Words: HRM, change, knowledge management, teams, HRM/OB in an international context

Learning Objectives & Outcomes Knowledge and understanding
This module develops a knowledge and understanding of:
  • The dynamic and changing nature of business and the consideration of the future of organisations within the global business environment, including the management of risk
  • Leadership, management and development of people including the implications of the legal context
  • Leadership, management and development of organisations including the implications of the legal context
  • The development of appropriate policies and strategies within a changing environment to meet stakeholder interests
  • The need for individuals and organisations to manage responsibly and sustainably and behave ethically in relation to social, cultural, economic and environmental issues
  • The design, development of organisations, including cross-cultural issues, change, diversity and values
Intellectual skills
This module develops:
  • The ability to analyse facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
  • Conceptual and critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Professional practical skills
This module develops:
  • Self-analysis and awareness/sensitivity to diversity in terms of people and cultures. This includes a continuing appetitie for development.
Transferable (key) skills
This module develops:
  • Communication and listening including the ability to produce clear, structured business communications in a variety of media
  • Self-management and a readiness to accept responsibility and flexibility, to be resilient, self-starting and appropriately assertive, to plan, organise and manage time
  • Articulating and effectively explaining information

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