Compare and contrast theories and models associated with people management and its related activities with practice

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Managing People 

Assignment Brief

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Managing People

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Assignment Format & Maximum Word count

INDIVIDUAL Essay maximum 2,000 words

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Method: One electronic submission

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Assessment Criteria

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding tested in this assignment:

  • The contribution people make to organisational success;
  • The main strategic approaches to people management and the links to business strategies;
  • The role of people management in organisations - including the line manager`s role;
  • The scope of people management activities/practices outlining the key characteristics and contemporary debates associated with each HR activity.
  • The challenges associated with managing people in organisations.

Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes tested in this assignment:

  • Compare and contrast theories and models associated with people management and its related activities with practice;
  • Apply knowledge to actual issues in organisations and make relevant recommendations;
  • Structure written work appropriately in order to communicate HRM analysis effectively;
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing

Transformational Opportunities

  • Developing independent research and academic writing skills
  • Opportunity for reflective learning from Assignment 1

Feedback /Marking criteria for this Assignment

Performance will be assessed using HBS Grading Criteria and Mark scheme.
Guidance for improvement will be given in writing on the Assessment Feedback Form or on the StudyNet Feedback Form within 4 weeks of submission.

Please note under new regulations any late submissions are capped at minus 10% for each day/part day that they are late. For each day up to five days after the published deadline, coursework submitted late (including deferred coursework, but with the exception of referred coursework) will have the numeric grade reduced by 10 points until or unless the numeric grade reaches or is 40 (UG).
Plagiarism offences will receive standard penalties.

Detailed Brief for Individual/Group Assessment

Assignment Title: Individual Essay
Description of the assignment:
This is an individual word-processed essay of 2000 words (plus a Reference list set out using the Harvard referencing system) on the following question:

Research evidence suggests that the psychological contract (the PC) of Generation Y will be based on a different set of needs and expectations from other employees. Critically explore the role of the psychological contract and discuss how organisations can respond to these changing expectations.
Examine a range of alternative methods of involving employees in decision making and discuss the benefits and challenges that these might present for an organisation.

In this essay it is expected that you demonstrate your understanding of the topic and critically explore the different perspectives required for the essay you have chosen. Further information on hints and tips to help you complete this essay will be given in the lecture in Unit 8. 

Further guidance:
Start the essay by introducing what you will explore in more detail later in the body of the essay
Then provide a clear discussion about thetopic. 
Draw on literature and organisational examples to explore ways organisations respond to these topics
You must attach a reference list to your essay using the Harvard Referencing system.

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