SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN623594
Module Leader Ronnie Caddow
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Human Resource Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Programme Entry requirements

Summary of Content

The external and internal environments facing the managerial professional are becoming much more complex and demanding. Increasingly widespread change means that organisations of all natures and sectors have to be able to understand and navigate their way through differing circumstances and barriers. The aim of the module is to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to interpret and analyse the environment(s) in which their organisations operate. This is done by critically examining the internal and external environments in a global and national context. The module focuses on how business and HR strategy is formulated, allied to the role of stakeholders and other important influences. It also critically evaluates the role and impact of societal, demographic and technological trends. These trends can shape and determine the organisational response and subsequently HR strategy formulation.


Theme 1: Critically Analysing Organisational and External environments and implications for HRM e.g. -360 - Contemporary organisations and their environments (both internal and external) - Stakeholder roles - Organisational structures - Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Theme 2: The Strategic Environment, HRM and the managerial professional, e.g. -360 - Managerial functions, such as finance, marketing, operations and strategic mgt - Approaches to corporate and HR strategy formulation and development - Competitive advantage - Tools for environmental analysis - Economic policy Theme 3: Societal trends and implications for the managerial professional and HRM e.g. -360 - Increased globalisation and presence of multinational organisations - The role of technology - Population trends, e.g. immigration - Changes in social values - Legislative changes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Critically evaluate a range of contemporary organisations within the managerial and external environments in whichthey currently operate;2. Critically assess business and human resource strategy formulation, analysing links between theory and practice;3. Critically analyse and discuss the role of the HR function in terms of the organisational response to competitivemarkets and the impact of globalisation;4. Identify the features of, and critically evaluate, the impact of social, demographic and technological trends on internalbusiness environments; and5. Provide a critical assessment of the role of UK government regulation and its impact upon HR strategies, policies andpractices.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The LTAS for this module is designed to enable students to critically review their current organisational operating environment and its implications for strategy formulation. Theoretical constructs are related to practical managerial applications on an organisational and societal level. This module will be delivered in a participative classroom format. This is designed to encourage peer to peer knowledge exchange where ideas can be discussed and debated. Students will be involved in group and classroom discussions which will be designed to enable them to share, explore and build on current understanding. This will facilitate strong links between theory and practice, reinforcing the key knowledge required by an effective manager. Material discussed will also be drawn from a global context, allowing both international and domestic students to apply knowledge which has relevance to their own national or cultural environments. Extensive use will be made of GCU Learn. This will be used to provide students electronic media such as appropriate video clips and podcasts. Additionally there will be online discussion boards which will be used to stimulate student debate and learning. These materials will be used to supplement the taught material and strengthen the bridge between theory and practice. Appropriate industry experts will be used where appropriate in order for the students to experience and understand alternative organisational environments. This is designed to provide the student with a broader outlook which can help inform their own practice. Assessment The module assessment will consist of a Critical Analysis of a self selected organisation's external environment (3,000 words). This will consolidate learning gained within the module and allow the opportunity for an analytical, practical application of knowledge. This assessment is worth 90% of the module mark. In addition to this there will be an online based unseen class test (open book) in week 6 which will provide formative feedback to the student at the module mid-point. This assessment is worth 10% of the module mark.

Indicative Reading

Essential reading Farhham . D.(2010) Human Resource Management in context. Strategy, insights and solutions 3rd Ed, London, CIPD Kew,J., and Stedwick,J. (2013) Human Resource Management in a business context 2nd Ed London, CIPD Recommended reading Boxall, P. and Purcell, J. (2011) Strategy and Human Resource Management 3rd ed., Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan Brinkman,J.,Bateman,I.N.,Harper,D. and Hodgson , C. (2010) Unlocking the business environment London, Hodder Capon, C .(2009) Understanding the Business Environment 3rd Ed ,London, FT/Prentice-Hall Erickson,M.,Bradlet,H.,Stephenson,C. and Williams, S. (2009) Business in Society, Cambridge, Polity Press Farnham, D. (2005) Managing in a Strategic Business Context, London, CIPD Griseri, P. and Seppala,N (2010) Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility ,Singapore,South-Western Cengage learning. Guy,F (2009) The Global Environment of Business, Oxford, Oxford University Press Hamilton,L. and Webster,P. (2012) The International Business Environment 2nd Ed ,Oxford, Oxford University Press. Harrison, A (2010) Business Environment in a global context, Oxford, Oxford University Press . Jaffee, D. (2001) Organization Theory Tension and Change ,McGraw Hill , New York Kew, J. and Stredwick, J. (2008) Business Environment: Managing in a Strategic Context 2nd Ed., London, CIPD Lucas,R., Lupton,B. and Mathieson, H. (2007) Human Resource Management in an International Context, London, CIPD. Marchington, M. and Wilkinson, A. (2012) Human Resource Management at Work: People Management and Development 5th Ed., London, CIPD Monks,R.A.G. and Minow,R.(2011) Corporate Governance 5th Ed, Chichister Wiley Noon,M.,Blyton,P. and Morrell, K (2013) The realities of Work, London, Palgrave MacMillan Parry,M and Tyson,S (2014) Managing People in a Contemporary Context, Abingdon, Routledge Pinnington, A., Macklin, R. and Campbell. (2007) Human Resource Management Ethics and Employment , Oxford, OUP. Robinson, S and Dowson, P.(2012) Business Ethics in Practice, London, CIPD Rollinson, D. (2008) Organisational Behaviour and Analysis: An Integrated Approach, Harlow, Financial Times Prentice Hall Scott, W.R.(2003)Organisations Rational, Natural and open systems 5th Edn , New Jersey, Prentice-Hall Solomon,J. (2013) Corporate Governance and Accountability 4th Edn, Chichister,John Willey Sparrow,J.R. and Cooper,C (2003) The employment relationship:key challenges for HR,London, Butterworth-Heinemann Trevino , L.K. and Nelson, K.A . ( 2014) Managing Business Ethics 6th Edn, New Jersey,John Wiley Visser,W.(2011) The age of responsibility , Chichister, John Wiley Worren,N.(2012) Organisation Design,Harlow,Pearson Wetherley, P. and Otter, D. (2014) The Business Environment 3rd Edn, Oxford, Oxford University Press

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Critical thinking skills b7 Verbal and written communication skills b7 Synthesising and collating information b7 Problem solving skills b7 Information retrieval skills b7 Team working b7 Skills in SWOT and PESTLE analyses

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Directed Study (PT) 24 hours Workshops (PT) 36 hours Online discussion/vle (PT) 20 hours 120.00
Directed Study (FT) 24 hours Workshops (FT) 36 hours Online discussion/vle (FT) 20 hours 120.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 1.00 10.00 45% Class test is in week 6 and is worth 10%.
Coursework 2 n/a 90.00 45% Summative assessment is 3,000 words +/- 10%.