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This subject focuses on the link between HRM and business strategies and operations. The subject examines fundamental tools in strategic human resource management including the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of HR activities. A focus will be on the fit between HR and business strategy, and the congruence among HR activities. The subject will critically analyse strategic HRM theories and practices and their applications to organisational realities. The changing nature of the HRM function and its impact on HR professionals will also be considered.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Analyse the relationship between business strategy and operations and HR strategy and planning;
- Identify and prioritise HR strategies in order to contribute to an organisation's competitive advantage;
- Assess the congruence and coherence of HR activities;
- Identify the different ways to evaluate the effectiveness of HR activities; and
- Demonstrate the size and scope of HRM's contribution to organisational sustainability.
On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:
- The ability to synthesise and evaluate key theories and their operation in the wider environment;
- Written and verbal communication skills, which should be developed through the preparation of essays and presentations;
- Fundamental skills necessary for teamwork, including negotiation, communication and delegation skills; and
- Effective use of time management.
Last updated: 3 November 2022