Write a report about a major human resource management (HRM) issue affecting your organisation or an organisation you know well.
The HRM issue you choose to write about should be one of the main issues discussed in the subject. Hence, choose from the following: job analysis and design, recruitment and selection, or employee retention.
In your report make sure to include:
• A brief description of the organisation and the HRM issue you have selected.
• An analysis of the HRM issue. Describe the issue in detail. Explain why the issue needs improving in the organisation and make a case for change. In your analysis, compare a practice in your own organisation with industry best-practice, or another organisation’s practice.
• A set of recommendations to enable improvement or change. Explain what could be done to bring about improvement. These recommendations should follow logically from the analysis above; they should not be an unconnected after-thought.
It is important to demonstrate your knowledge about the HRM issue and to clearly reference your sources. Read about your issue in journal articles (using the Online Library), books (including the textbook), industry reports, business literature, etc. Remember to note down your sources and reference them in the report.
In order to do well you need to structure your discussion appropriately, use quality references, and clearly link recommendations to the description and analysis presented earlier in the report.
This assessment is an individual assessment (i.e. this is not a group assessment). Please ensure you avoid collusion and other practices which compromise individual assessment work.
Important assignment instructions
The required word length for this assignment is 2500 words (plus or minus 10%).
• Your assignment will be marked according to the criteria outlined in the assessment grading criteria (see Appendix 1).
Noe, RA, Hollenbeck, JR, Gerhart, B & Wright PM 2017, Human resource management: gaining a competitive advantage, 10th edition, McGraw-Hill Education, New York (ISBN: 9781259578120).
The 9th edition (ISBN: 9780078112768) is also suitable.
Job analysis and work design
Osterman, P 2010, ‘Job design in the context of the job market’, Journal of Organizational
Behavior, vol. 31, no. 2/3, pp. 401–411.
Human resource planning, recruitment, selection and retention of employees
Revels, MA & Morris, M 2012, ‘Technology impacts in organizational recruitment and
retention’, Franklin Business & Law Journal, vol. 2012, no. 1, pp. 61–69.
Klotz, AC, Da Motta Veiga, SP, Buckley, MR & Gavin, MB 2013, ‘The role of trustworthiness
in recruitment and selection: a review and guide for future research’, Journal of
Organizational Behavior, vol. 34, pp. 104–119.
Training and employee development
Kennedy, PE, Chyung, SY, Winiecki, DJ & Brinkerhoff, RO 2013, ‘Training professionals’ usage
and understanding of Kirkpatrick’s Level 3 and Level 4 evaluations’, International Journal of
Training and Development, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1–21.
Carnes, WJ & Radojevich-Kelley, N 2011, ‘The effects of the glass ceiling on women in the
workforce: where are they and where are they going?’, Review of Management Innovation
& Creativity, vol. 4, no. 10, pp. 70–79.
Clardy, A 2013, ‘A general framework for performance management systems: structure,
design and analysis’, Performance Improvement, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 5–15.
Compensation – pay, recognition and employee benefits
Larkin, I, Pierce, L & Gino, F 2012, ‘The psychological costs of pay-for-performance:
implications for the strategic compensation of employees’, Strategic Management Journal,
vol. 33, no. 10, pp. 1194–1214.
Strategic management of HR in a global environment
Zheng, C 2013, ‘Critiques and extension of strategic international human resource
management framework for dragon multinationals’, Asia Pacific Business Review, vol. 19,
no. 1, pp. 1–15.
Ethical issues linked to Strategic Human Resource Management
Caldwell, C, Truong, D, Linh, P & Tuan, A 2011, ‘Strategic Human Resource Management as
ethical stewardship’, Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 98, no. 1, pp. 171–182.
The legal environment, Equal Employment Opportunity and safety
Peetz, D, Gardner, M, Brown, K & Berns, S 2008, ‘Workplace effects of equal employment
opportunity legislation: the Australian experience’, Policy Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 405–