It is increasingly recognised that an organisation’s human resources are a critical factor in an organisation’s performance and a key driver of sustainable competitive advantage. It is therefore crucial that attention be given to managing human resources strategically, as there are long-term implications for organisational performance and success. Understanding the nature of the human resource and how to effectively manage human resources strategically is a key competency for HR practitioners who act in advisory positions and those who hold strategic business
The aim of this course is to explore the contribution that strategic Human Resource Management (HRM) makes towards the development and achievement of sustainable organisational strategies. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of seminal and contemporary HR models, theories, concepts and practices, which enable HR practitioners to make a positive contribution to sustainable organisational performance from an HR perspective.
On successful completion of this course , students will have the confidence to contribute to strategic decision making in an HR context. The unit takes an evidence based and outcomes-driven perspective supporting the acquisition of core knowledge in the areas of business acumen and the adoption of a business-focused approach to managing people. An understanding of the range of people practices and their impact on people behaviour, and how to enable culture change effectively. Strong theoretical and applied foundations of learning will support student understanding and knowledge. The learning that takes place on this unit will enable students to add value to an organisation’s HR function and role.