LO4: Understand the impact of regional and national culture on the practice of HRM will be met using task D.

BA in Business

Assignment Brief

Course/Programme:

BA Business

Level:

5

Module Title:

Human Resource Management

Module Leader:

Dr Rajendra Kumar

Assignment titles:

1. Individual Assignment

Assignment number:

1

Weighting:

Individual Assignment:  100 %

Date given out:

 

Submission date:

 

Eligible for late submission (3 working days, with penalty)?

Yes

Method of submission:

X

Online only

 

Online and paper copy

Special instructions for submission (if any):

 

Date for results and feedback:

 

Employability skills assessed:

C1:            Reading, selecting, analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources

C2:            Producing different types of document

C3:            Participating in discussions

IT1:           Preparing information

N3:            Presenting your findings

S1:             Plan personal work schedules

WWO2:      Working towards identified targets

 

Learning outcomes assessed:

LO1:   Appreciate the distinction between Human Resource Management and Personnel Management by analysing personnel and HRM models will be met using task A.

LO2:   Examine the concepts of strategic HRM and contrast with those of strategic management will be met using task B.

LO3:  Understand and evaluate the concept of an organisations` Model of Employment, and the organisational levers available to manage human resources in such a way as to contribute to sustainable competitive advantage will be met using task C.

LO4:  Understand the impact of regional and national culture on the practice of HRM will be met using task D.

LO5: Understand the significance of culture to organisational behaviour and HRM practice in general and apply the practices needed to carry out HRM in trans-national/international/international-subsidiary organisations will be met using task E.

LO6:  Evaluate where and when international HRM changes local business systems will be met using task F.

 

TASK DESCRIPTION – (Individual Assignment 100 %)

TASK

“You could argue that the early days of the crisis were easier to manage because there were fewer options on the table,” says David Collings, professor of human resources management at Dublin City University. “With the return to the office, we’re starting from a new baseline. HR has to manage expectations about what the return to work means, what the purpose of the workplace is and what is better done in the office than remotely. The future is much more complex than the past.” (https://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/long-reads/articles/how-pandemic-boosted-hr-credentials-how-profession-capitalise#gref accessed on 28/03/2022)

Discuss the above statement by selecting just “one” company from the four given below and examine how the firm had to change HR practices and strategies as the effect of the pandemic.

1)      TFL

2)      Zara

3)      P&O

4)      Poundstretcher

Using the chosen firm as a case study critically analyse and examine the areas given below.

A)    Examine how HR strategies were changed by the firm. Use of concepts of  SHRM should be evident. (350 words)

B)    Analyse the job design strategies of the chosen firm ( 350 words)

C)    Analyse the impact of environmental factors on culture and HR plan of the chosen firm. (350 words)

D)    Use any HR model and state how value was created by the firm. (350 words)

E)     Using Storey’s 27 points of difference between HRM and Personnel Management as a benchmark, state what is being practised by the firm?  (350 words)

F)     State the  hiring and firing strategies of the chosen firm during this period. (350 words)

G)    Use corporate examples of firms using good HR practices and literature to justify your stand. (200 words)

H)    Based on the discussion and debate what suggestions / recommendations would you make to employers regarding HRM practices to ensure that the organisational performance is high? (300 words)    

PLEASE See page 4 for suggested word count breakdown which add up to 3,000 words

See below for the full explanation of the marking criteria

The Topic/title

  1. Feel free to discuss possibilities with your lecturer. It’s usually best to research a company and study the one that offers most information about internal HRM policies and management practices.
  2. Describe’ means ‘this is what happened’, ‘Analyse’ means ‘this is why it happened’.
  3. Recommendations could relate to the future, or to what others could learn from this situation.

  Basic Format:

  • A title page, a contents page, an introduction, a main section with sub-sections, and a recommendation, conclusion and references. Clear headings are essential. Relevant sources of information should be cited using the Harvard referencing system.
  • Any areas of doubt need to be raised with your lecturer

The tasks A to F addresses all the learning outcomes.

LENGTH REQUIRED

A maximum of 3000 words not including contents, appendices or list of references. 

  1. Introduction -200 words
  2. Task A meets L01-350 words
  3. Task B meets L02-350 words
  4. Task C meets LO3-350 words
  5. Task D meets L04-350 words
  6. Task E meets L05-350 words
  7. Task F meets L06-350 words
  8. Task G- Use of corporate examples and literature-200 words
  9. Task H- Suggestions/ Recommendations-300 words
  10. Task I- Conclusion- 200 words

FORMATTING AND LAYOUT

Please note the following when completing your written assignment:

  1. Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
  2. Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
  3. Document format: Report
  4. Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a reference using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided.
  5. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive.

The use of a range of information sources is expected – academic books, peer reviewed journal articles, professional articles, press releases and newspaper articles, reliable statistics, company annual reports and other company information. All referencing should be in Harvard style.

MARKETING CRITERIA AND STUDENT FEEDBACK

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers use a similar format to comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit from development/improvement.

Common Assessment Criteria Applied

Marks available

Marks

Awarded

1. Research-informed Literature

Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.

 

 

Providing evidence of the appropriate reading/ references for  that form the basis of the insights in your essay.

10

 

 

2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

 

 

Demonstrating familiarity with the selected concepts/ models used in your presentation.

20

 

 

3. Analysis

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence

 

 

Demonstrating conceptual insights into the potential values of the selected academic concepts/ models.

20

 

 

4. Practical Application and Deployment

Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

 

 

Applying your conceptual insights to successfully address the situations faced by your chosen organisation. Making recommendations for future plans and strategies.

30

 

 

5. Skills for Professional Practice

Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.

 

 

Quality of the presentation.

Potential effectiveness in terms of getting your messages across to your intended audience.

20

 

  1. TOTAL

100

 

Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the UoS Assessment Board.  These comments and marks are to give feedback on module work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. )

72 Hour Late Submission Penalties (tick if appropriate)

%


 


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