SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMN624099
Module Leader Pauline Munro
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Human Resource Management
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The HR professional operates in an increasingly globalised, fast paced environment and faces many challenges from the internal and exte rnal environment in which they operate. Organisational and societal trends can create changes in operational circumstances, all of which must be understood and strategically navigated. The aim of the module is provide students with the key skills by which to interpret and analyse their environment in which their organisations operate. This is achieved by firstly examining the key concepts of business & HR strategy, from formulation to implementation. The impact of globalisation is also explored, with a critical assessment of allied societal, demographical and trends. CSR and ethical decision making are also examined in terms of how these processes influence HR and stakeholder relationships. This is in accordance with the key principles of PRME, focusing on the importance of raising awareness of global social responsibility within organisations and practitioners. Finally, the student will be able to interpret a range of key financial information using appropriate measures in order to determine organisational performance.


-360b7 Business strategy - key concepts, analysis, formulation, implementation and evaluation. The creation, development and evaluation of HRM strategy b7 Globalisation - the impact on organisational strategy, stakeholders and the role of the HR professional, frameworks for environmental analysis b7 Contemporary societal trends and their implications for HRM b7 CSR and ethics - key concepts and process, corporate governance and the role of the HR professional b7 Interpretation of key financial information, understanding key indicators of organisational performance

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student should be able to:1. Critically assess business and human resource strategy formulation, analysing links between theory and practice;2. Critically analyse and discuss the role of the HR function in terms of the organisational response to competitive markets and the impact of globalisation using environmental analysis;3. Critically examine and identify the impact and features of significant social, demographic, legal, political and technological trends on HRM policies and practices;4. Critically explore the role and importance of CSR and ethical decision making within organisational contexts;5. Critically assess and interpret key financial information to determine organisational performance.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The LTAS for this module is designed to provide students with the ability to interpret and analyse the environment in which their organisation operates. The student will be equipped with both theoretical underpinning complemented by the practical implications for the managerial role. This module will be delivered in a participative classroom format. This is designed to encourage peer to peer knowledge exchange which facilitates discussion and debate. These discussions and group activities are designed to highlight the link between theory and practice. The teaching material used will be given a global context, allowing both international and domestic students to apply knowledge which has a particular relevance to their own national environment. GCU Learn will be used as the hub for teaching material. Additional media such as podcasts, supplementary reading and video clips will be used in order to provide meaningful organisational examples. Where appropriate, guest speakers will also be utilised to provide students with valuable practical insight. The first assessment will take the form of a 20 min group presentation focusing on an organisational financial analysis. The students will receive both verbal feedback on the day as well as further written guidance after the event. This will give students the opportunity to display research, data synthesis and communication skills. The second assessment takes the form of an unseen 2hr exam. Students are provided with an organisational case study which has a global/international focus. This will assess key aspects of the module outcomes in terms of strategy, HRM and external analysis. Written feedback will also be provided individually by the module team.

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 Recommended reading: Atrill, P. & McLaney, E., (2011) Accounting and Finance for Non-specialists. 7th edit, FT Prentice-Hall, London Boxall, P. and Purcell, J. (2011) Strategy and Human Resource Management 3rd ed., Basingstoke, Palgrave 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 Grant, R., Jordan, J. (2015) Foundations of Strategy, 2nd ed., London, Wiley 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. Johnson, G, Scoles, K., Whittington R. et al (2014) Exploring Strategy, 10th Ed. London, Pearson. Marchington, M. and Wilkinson, A. (2012) Human Resource Management at Work: People Management and Development 5th Ed., London, CIPD 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 Solomon,J. (2013) Corporate Governance and Accountability 4th Edn, Chichister,John Willey Trevino, L.K. and Nelson, K.A . ( 2014) Managing Business Ethics 6th Edn, New Jersey,John Wiley Wetherley, P. and Otter, D. (2014) The Business Environment 3rd Edn, Oxford, Oxford University Press Indicative Journals/Publications: Human Resource Management International Digest Human Resource Management Journal International Journal of Human Resource Management Journal of Business Strategy People Management Personnel Review Websites: Http//

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: -360b7 Critical thinking skills b7 Verbal and written communication skills b7 Presentational skills b7 Synthesising and collating information b7 Problem solving skills b7 Information retrieval skills b7 Team working b7 Project Management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 74.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 60.00 45% Individual CW 2500 words (+/-10%)
Course Work 01 n/a 40.00 45% Individual CW 1500 words (+/-10%)