HRMGT303-21B (HAM)

Strategic Human Resource Management

15 Points

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School of Management and Marketing

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Paper Description

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Within the context of the competitive business environment, this paper aims to provide students a rigorous understanding of the strategic role of human resource management (HRM) in addressing key business decisions. In so doing, we will examine the theories, processes and systems involved in HRM which, when aligned with organisational strategies, will maximise organisational performance.

In the beginning of the paper, we will learn basic principles underlying Strategic HRM, including (a) its theoretical foundation that helps justify why HRM can add strategic values to organisations, (b) psychology underlying employees that helps unfold the "black box" between HRM and organisational performance, (c) key components that comprise a specific human resource system, and (d) how the various aspects within as well as surrounding HRM align and coordinate with one another. As the trimester progresses, we will discuss the current and future trends that can be observed at work, notably workplace diversity and technological advancement, which will have further implications for Strategic HRM. Towards the end of the paper, we will then apply Strategic HRM to various business contexts, including the manufacturing industry, service industry, multi-divisional firms and multi-national firms.

Importantly, this paper requires students to reflect critically on theory and practice from a professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.

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Paper Structure

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This paper involves a 1-hour pre-recorded online lecture and 2-hour tutorial (available both on campus and online) per week. The paper content will be a blend of practice and scholarly research in the area of strategic human resource management. Lectures and tutorials are supplemented with learning exercises (e.g., discussions, short scenarios, case studies, problem solving, role-playing, etc.) that have well-defined objectives. Students will complete four major assessments in total, including an individual report (35%), group presentation (15%), weekly summaries (20%) and online test (30%). In addition to the compulsory assessments, the lecturer will engage with the students throughout the trimester by posting questions on Moodle and using the available online forum to encourage perspective and knowledge sharing among all of us.

Students are expected to be responsible for their learning. Thus, we assume that students will devote their time reading the assigned materials, attend class with questions they wish to address, and bring with them insights and personal experiences they can share with their peers in class to stimulate knowledge sharing. Students can contribute greatly to the learning experience of their own as well as of their peers. Contribution includes your participation in both the lecture and tutorial, your interest in the subject area, and the positive attitude you bring to class.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate an informed understanding of the theoretical concepts, models and frameworks underpinning Strategic Human Resource Management (HRM)
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  • 2. Explain how the various components of Strategic HRM cohere to affect organisational performance
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  • 3. Apply relevant principles underlying Strategic HRM to diagnose, analyse and evaluate strategic HRM in different organisational contexts
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  • 4. Offer recommendations for improving Strategic HR policies and practices
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  • 5. Gain insights into topical issues in the area of Strategic HRM
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Assessment

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Detailed information about items for assessment, along with marking schedules and rubrics are provided on the HRMGT303 Moodle page, in the blocks designated to particular assignments.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly Summaries (20%)
Sum of Best ( 5 )
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Full Report: Strategic HRM and Organisational Analysis (30%)
8 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Progress Report for Assessment No. 2 (5%)
20 Aug 2021
5:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Group Presentation on the "Latest Thinking" (15%)
15
  • Presentation: In Class
5. Online Test (30%)
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Boxall, P & Purcell, J. (2016). Strategy and Human Resource Management (4th ed.). London, Palgrave.
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Recommended Readings

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It is important to note that no particular text could encompass all of the relevant theories, concepts and research surrounding strategic human resource management. Not all of the materials that will be presented in the lecture and tutorial are covered in the required textbook. Some of them may be covered using additional readings, e.g. academic journal articles (note: a list of additional readings for each week can be found on Moodle or the University of Waikato Library website). Students are also encouraged to do additional research as part of their learning of this paper.

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Other Resources

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The University of Waikato Library subscribes (electronically) to a wide range of academic journals. The following is a list of publications that may be helpful for your learning of this paper:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Perspectives
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
  • Asia Pacific Journal of Management
  • Human Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management Journal
  • Human Resource Management Review
  • International Journal of Human Resource Management
  • International Journal of Manpower
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Management Studies
  • Journal of Management and Organization
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Organization Studies
  • Organization Science
  • Personnel Review
  • Work, Employment and Society
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Online Support

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Moodle
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Workload

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The workload for this paper involves (a) 1 hour of lecture and 2 hours of tutorial per week, (b) 1 hour for responding to weekly discussion questions posted on our Moodle online forum, and (c) 2 to 3 hours for revising the content learnt in the lecture. The remainder of the time is for students to prepare the assignments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This is the final, integrative paper in the HRM major
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: HRMG241 or HRMGT201 or HRMGT202 or HRMGT301 or HRMGT306

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