Strategic Human Resource Management

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Strategic Human Resource Management

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Business, Human Resources, Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MANT 214 or MANT250 or MANT 339

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Explores the policy and practice of strategic human resource management. Specific SHRM strategies are examined in the context of a case study. Adopts a practical approach to the concepts and practice of SHRM.

    This paper aims to enhance the interface between students and the practice of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM). It provides the opportunity for students to consider the issues involved in the practice of human resource management (HRM) in the context of the changing world of work. Specific HRM strategies focused around entry to, maintenance of and exit from the organisation are explored both theoretically and in an applied sense. Thus, the emphases in this paper are both theoretical and practical. As well as providing a set of skills and tools for students to take with them into the workforce, it also provides ample scope for students to experience HRM and to benefit from the experiences of practitioners currently working within the HRM profession.

    Teaching Arrangements
    One 2-hour lecture per week, plus tutorials and meetings

    Course Structure
    Lectures, discussions, seminars and tutorials

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this paper students will have:
    -Developed an awareness of some of the current issues facing the HRM profession and HRM practitioners
    - Developed an understanding of SHRM by examining the various models of SHRM outlined in the literature
    - Developed an understanding of HRM systems and their implementation in a strategic sense through exploring the practice dimensions of staffing, reward, training and development and performance management
    - The ability to draw on the experiences of practitioners to develop an understanding of the HRM profession, as well as the variety of work carried out by HR practitioners
    - Developed networks within the HRM profession

    Text books are not required for this course.

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