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An organization's capacity to achieve a competitive advantage through human resources begins with successful staffing. This subject evaluates the decision to “make” (train) or “buy” (recruit and select) employees for the organisation. We examine the strategic implications of staffing the organisation and then, using both theory and empirical research to assess the role and impact of recruitment, selection and training. Topics in the “buy” section of this subject include determining recruiting needs, identifying selection criteria, internal and external sourcing, evaluating recruiting effectiveness, interviewing and selection procedures and the application process. Topics in the “make” section of this subject identifying training needs, learning styles, planning the delivery of training and how to assess the effectiveness of training.
Intended learning outcomes
- Develop an understanding of the core HR functions (recruitment, selection, training and development) of an organisation and its relationship with other HR policies and practices.
- Apply the tools and techniques of recruitment, selection, training and development to cases and exercises;
- Be able to evaluate the impact of the recruitment, selection, training and development on employees and the organisation.
- Ability to access empirical research and identify the policy and practice implications
- An understanding of relevant HR theories
- Develop skills in team working
- Written and oral communication skills
Last updated: 3 November 2022