MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCES Assignment 1—EssayOrder Description


Assignment 1—Essay
Choose one of the following topics
1. The psychological contract
The psychological contract refers to the mutual expectations of employers and their employees with respect to rights, privileges and obligations within the employment relationship. It includes such notions as employee engagement, emotional intelligence, equity and trust.
Consider what has changed in Gen X and Gen Y employees psychological expectations of their employers and vice versa. What do HR professionals need to do to address these new expectations?
2. Strategic HRP
Strategic HRP refers to the careful (long and short term) planning of all HRM processes (e.g. staffing, HRD, performance management, remuneration, career progression) in order to ensure that their outcomes reflect and contribute to the overall goals and objectives of the organisation.
Discuss the crucial components of strategic HRP (labour market analysis, talent demand and supply, employee reward and development systems) in your industry or an industry of your choice. What are the possible challenges, and how might they be addressed?
3. Changing workforce
The changing character of the Australian workforce represents new challenges for HR managers. Consider the issues surrounding for feminisation of the workforce and the ageing population.
What are the main human resource implications of these demographic trends? How are governments responding?
4. Key school environmental variables
What are some of the key environmental variables that you see changing in schools or educational organisations? Discuss the impact of these changes on the HRM function in the education sector?

Alignment of Assessment with Expected Topic Learning Outcomes On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:
LO1: apply knowledge of various theories, issues, and HR management through class discussions, assignments and activities, that require them to reflect on their beliefs about the role of HRM in meeting the goals of the organisation and responding to a highly competitive workplace
LO2: use problem-solving techniques to frame, analyse and resolve problems related to Strategic Human Resource Management
LO3: demonstrate their ability to initiate, and engage in critical thinking and debate related to the management of human resources
LO4: identify and critique a variety of theories of HRM
LO5: examine his/her professional code of ethics and values as they relate to the role of a Human Resource Manager
See Study guide, Readings, and electronic readings on Voyager course reserve.
Suggested references you could explore
Bartol, K., Tein, M., Mathews, G., Sharma, B., Scott-Ladd, B. (2011). Human resource management. In Management Foundations: a Pacific rim focus (3rd ed., pp. 225-235) North Ryde NSW: McGraw-Hill.
Bohlander, G., & Snell, S. (2016). Managing human resources. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
Cascio, W. F. (2003). Managing human resources: Productivity, quality of work life, profits. New York: McGraw-Hill/Erwin.
De Cieri, H., Kramar, R., Noe, R.A., Hollenbeck, J. R., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P. M. (2008). Human resource management in Australia Strategy, people, performance. (3rd edn. )Sydney: McGraw Hill.
Dean, J. (2002). Implementing performance management: A handbook for schools. London: Routledge.
Gordon, S. P. (2004). Professional development for school improvement: Empowering learning communities. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.
Ivancevich, J. M. (2004). Human resource management. New York: McGraw-Hill/Erwin.
Kramer, R., Bartram, T., De Cieri, H., Noe, R.A., Hollenbeck, J.R., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P.M. (2014) Human resource management in Australia: Strategy, people, performance. (5rd edn. ) Sydney: McGraw Hill.
Mello, J. A. (2006). Strategic human resource management. Mason Ohio: Thomson/South Western.
Mercer, J., Barker, B., & Bird, R. (2010). Human Resource Management in Education: Contexts, Themes and Impact. New York: Routledge.
Mullins, J. L. (2002). Management and organizational behaviour. London: Pitman.
Noe, R. S., Hollenbeck, J. R., Gerhart, B., & Wright, P. M. (2003). Human resource management: Gaining a competitive advantage. New York: McGraw-Hill/Erwin.
Pinnington, A., & Lafferty, G. (2003). Human resource management in Australia. Oxford University Press.
Rebore, R. W. (2004). Human resources administration in education: A management approach. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.
Stone R. (2005). Human Resource Management 5th ed. Sydney: Wiley.
Travaglione, A., & Marshall, V. (2000). Human resource strategies: An applied approach. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Vosburgh, R. M. (2007). The evolution of HR: Developing HR as an internal consulting organization. Human Resource Planning, 30(3), pp. 11-23.
West-Burnham, J., Bradbury, I., & O’Neill, J. (2001). Performance management in schools: How to lead and manage staff for school improvement. London: Bell and Bain.
Useful journals
International Journal of Human Resource Management
Journal of Business Ethics
Harvard Business Review
HR Monthly
Research and Practice in HRM
Human Resource Management Journal
Australian Financial Review 8

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