This module will provide you with an introduction to human resource management as a field of study.
It will cover, firstly, the basic HR cycle, including recruitment & selection, learning & development, rewards & remuneration and talent management. Secondly, the module will provide you with an introduction to strategic HRM, discussing alternative approaches to human resource management from a macro perspective. This includes, for example, a critical discussion of different approaches to HRM (such as the high-commitment approach) and of different work designs (such as lean management and self-directed team working).
Thirdly, you’ll be introduced to current debates in HRM relating to broader societal issues, including workplace health and safety, stress, work-life balance, diversity and equal employment opportunities.
The goal is not to provide a step-by-step, 'how-to' guide on various HRM practices and methods. Rather, the module seeks to question assumptions and develop an understanding of underlying mechanisms. The conceptual understanding developed will be applied in the context of practical examples (e.g., case studies). Through the critical discussion of various practices and methods, the module finally also seeks to stimulate debates pertaining to values and norms around good people management.
The module is complementary to Advanced Human Resource Management: Theory & Practice (taking place in Term 2). Advanced HRM covers additional HRM practices and issues and it seeks to further develop and deepen the knowledge, skills and abilities developed in Introduction to HRM.