HRM08009 2016 Strategic Human Resource Management

General Details

Full Title
Strategic Human Resource Management
Transcript Title
Strategic HRM
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Subject Area
HRM - Human Resource Management
BUS - Business
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Colette Armstrong, Caroline Casey, Jimmy Treacy, Mary Gilmartin, Karen McManus, John McNamara
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSS_K08 201600 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in Business accs SG_BBUSI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business L8 (Ab-initio) SG_BGENE_K08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in General Stream (Add-on) SG_BHRMS_K08 202100 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business in HRM Stream (Add-on)

This subject aims to introduce students to the key ideas of Human Resource Management as a strategic component of business activity and to develop their capacities to think and act strategically. A general management focus rather than a functional HRM focus is adopted.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Discuss the nature of strategy and the role of HRM in the strategic management process.


Analyse the role and practice of HRM at the strategic level


Examine the links from management intentions to HRM organisational outcomes


Asssess theoretical frameworks and principles that can help firms to manage individuals more effectively.


Examine the way HR strategy affects business viability and competitive advantage across the phases of the industry life cycle.


Evaluate business scenarios and propose relevant HR responses to deal with the issues involved

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A combination of lectures, class discussion, case study and guided readings are used to enable students to relate to and understand module concepts and their appliction.

Module Assessment Strategies

Multiple Choice Quizzes to ensure that students are completing the readings and understanding the concepts.

Case studies are used to give students an opportunity to apply the concepts,

A research project is used to give students an opportunity to discover how large successful companies are apply the concepts and to compare and assess different appraoches used by different companies.

A final examination is used to assess the students' overall grasp of the module.

Repeat Assessments

A repeat examination or in the case of those who have not achieved a pass mark in continuous assessment a repeat project also

Indicative Syllabus


1. The Foundations of Strategic HRM

  • Strategic Goals and Tensions in HRM
  • Strategy and the process of strategic management

2. General Principles of Strategic HRM

  • Strategic HRM best fit or best practice
  • Strategic HRM and the Resource-Based View
  • Building a workforce – the challenge of interest alignment
  • Managing Employee Voice
  • Workforce performance and the ‘Black Box’ of HRM

3. Managing people in Specific Contexts

  • HR strategy in Manufacturing
  • HR Strategy in Services
  • HR Strategy in Multidivisional firms
  • HR Strategy in Multinational firms

4. Conclusions and implications

  • The main themes
  • Developing a ‘more strategic approach’ to HRM

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice Computer based assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Assignment Case/company analysis and recommendations Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % OnGoing 2,3,4,5,6
3 Case Study Presentation Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 5 % OnGoing

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre lecture/discussion 3 Weekly 3.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Student presentation/feedback 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture/discussion 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-11-20 Strategy and Human Resource Management (Management, Work and Organisations) Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 1137407638 ISBN-13 9781137407634

How does HRM affect an organisation's chances of survival, its degree of financial success and its reputation in wider society?
How is HR strategy shaped within and across organisations, industries and societies, and how can managers improve it to strengthen their organisation's performance?

Strategy and Human Resource Management addresses these vital questions. Written by a renowned author team, it treats HR strategy as an essential element in business strategy, whilst integrating a vast range of relevant research and theory. Now in its fourth edition, it continues to challenge academics, students and practitioners to approach HRM from a strategic perspective.

New to this edition:
All chapters have been fully updated, the selection of key studies improved, and the links to major events brought up to date.
Includes a more thorough analysis of the general principles in strategic HRM.
It has been restructured to provide a deeper examination of HR strategy in the 'mega contexts' of manufacturing, services, multidivisional firms, and multinationals.

This book is an essential companion for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduate students of HRM, and MBA students. Practitioners interested in the role of HRM in successful businesses will also find this a thoroughly engaging and invaluable resource.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Core Text 

Strategy and Human Resource Strategy 4th ed; Boxall P.,Purcell J, Palgrave 2015

URL Resources

Other Resources

Full text Journals available on Library Databases:

Emerald Database

Career Development International

Employee Relations

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal

Gender in Management: An International Journal

Human Resource Management International Digest

Journal of Management Development

Journal of Managerial Psychology

Personnel Review

Business Source Premier Database

Human Resource Management Review

Human Resource Management Journal

International Journal of Human Resource Management

Human Resource Planning

Human Resource Development International

Additional Information