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The world of work is undergoing significant transformation in response to a wide range of economic, social and technological changes. These changes have important consequences for how work is organised, how people are managed and how labour markets perform. This subject looks at how these developments are managed by organisations as well as the macro-level through public policy responses aimed at balancing competing policy objectives. This subject draws on both theory and evidence to explore new Human Resource Management and employment issues and policy responses emerging in many countries around the world, including: new actors and institutions; the transformation of professions and careers structures; investing in and managing human capital, voice and representation at work; workforce diversity; technological change, new business models and new forms of working; online labour markets; the quality of jobs and work-life; labour market inequality and insecurity; and the global competition for jobs.
Intended learning outcomes
- Explain and critically evaluate the issues related to the changing world of work and employment
- Illustrate organisational and public policy responses to emerging HR and employment issues
- Analyse and evaluate the potential responses to these developments by government, employers and other social actors
- Problem solving and critical thinking skills, which should be developed through seminar discussion, and research based on different theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence
- Communication skills and collaborative learning, which should be developed through joint research, working with others and oral presentations
- The ability to apply theory to practice, which should be enhanced by analysing cases and issues
- Synthesis of information, which should be fostered by adopting a strategic approach towards workforce management and policy development
Last updated: 14 May 2020