Human Resource Management


MBA module

Lecturer: Geraint Harvey

This module will be an analysis of Human Resource Management (HRM) practices and policies in contemporary organisations, including sourcing and selecting candidates for work; training, motivating, and rewarding them; and allowing them an opportunity to be involved in the decision-making processes of the firm. This module will discuss the emergence of HRM in the US and UK as a response to the competitive pressures facing “western” firms in the 1980s. The concept remains ambiguous, i.e., what HRM encompasses remains open to discussion. Notwithstanding this, the module will critically evaluate several of the people management policies most commonly associated with HRM. It will also deal with a more recent strand of the scholarly debate that questions the actual way in which HRM works to enhance the competitive advantage of the firm as its advocates claim.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • understand the emergence of HRM and its continued influence in the contemporary workplace;
  • evaluate the efficacy of various policies, such as recruitment and selection, in improving firm performance;
  • discuss the various ways in which the management of people might impact on the way in which people behave at work;
  • critically assess the impact of HRM on employee involvement and participation including its impact on traditional participation mechanisms such as collective bargaining;
  • critically evaluate the role of HRM within the workplace in terms of its impact on competitive advantage, the employees’ experience of work and the wider society.


  • 3,000 word individual assignment (50%)
  • 2 hour examination (50%)