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Managers in both small-medium enterprises and larger organisations require an understanding of the strategic and operational role of human resource management (HRM). It has long been recognised that the effective deployment and development of human resources constitutes one of the key areas of competitive advantage for modern organisations.
The subject introduces principles of strategic HRM for organisations and evaluates models and approaches for the performance of key HRM functions applicable to a large range of agri-food and agri-business organisations across value chains (e.g. farms, processors, professional services, government, R&D organisations). Topics include: human resources planning; job analysis and design; recruitment and selection; managing diversity and work-life balance; performance management; remuneration and reward; training and skills development; industrial relations and workplace health and safety; human resources leadership.
Intended learning outcomes
The objective of this subject is to extend the participant’s ability to:
- Understand the strategic and operational roles of human resource management (HRM) in agri-organisations
- Distinguish between the roles of the HRM specialist and the role of the agri-organisation line manager in performing operational and strategic roles
- Evaluate different approaches to organising key HRM functions related to innovation/competitive advantage such as team development, and management of issues such as change, conflict and creativity. Functions covered include: human resources planning; job analysis and design; recruitment and selection; managing diversity and work-life balance; performance management; remuneration and reward; training and skills development; industrial relations and workplace health and safety human resources leadership
- Recognise the key features of the Australian industrial relations system and identify the sources and terms and conditions for relevant employment categories for agri-organisations
- Have a general knowledge of issues associated with International HRM particularly within multi-national organisations
- Appreciate the role of agri-organisation leaders and HR managers in organisational improvement
It is expected students will develop:
- Awareness of and ability to utilise appropriate communication technology and methods for the storage, management and analysis of data
- Highly developed computer-based skills to allow for effective online learning and communication
- Ability to collaborate, exchange ideas and debate across online learning platforms
- Ability to plan, use time effectively and manage small projects
- Appreciation of social and cultural diversity from a regional to a global context
Last updated: 16 May 2023