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We begin by evaluating a range of theoretical perspectives on people, work, and employment. The emphasis will be on understanding and applying different conceptual perspectives to human resource management. The disciplinary foundations for the body of research reflected in this course are psychology, social-psychology and sociology, industrial relations, and management. We will review classics and contemporaries, theories and empirics, and interesting contradictions and consistencies to understand the impact of HR activities on employees and organisations. The course seeks to develop a thorough understanding of the ontological (the “what” of the topic) and epistemological (the “how we research”) foundations of the topics covered. Note, however, our coverage of research methods will be driven by the topic rather than vice-versa. As such, students will explore and critique frameworks, theories, methodologies, and conclusions from prior research, and develop their own perspectives on the topics.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Identify a range of theories in human resource management
- Critically evaluate theory and research in human resource management
- Understand the link between theory and research methods in human resource management
- Analyse the role and significance of human resource management in contemporary organisations
- Evaluate the relationship between human resource management strategies and their impact on organisational performance
- High level of development: oral communication; written communication; application of theory to practice; interpretation and analysis; critical thinking; synthesis of data and other information; evaluation of data and other information; accessing data and other information from a range of sources; receptiveness to alternative ideas;
- Moderate level of development: collaborative learning; problem solving; team work; statistical reasoning; and
- Some level of development: use of computer software.
Last updated: 10 November 2019