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Human resource management MN3211

This course is about Human Resource Management (HRM) strategies, policies and practices.

The code for this course was previously MN3075. The course content has been updated.

It examines the approach taken by organisations to recruit, retain and motivate their employees. Including recruitment and selection techniques , formal and informal institutions, how employees are managed, and policies on separation (which determine whether, and in what circumstances, employees are to be let go).


Prerequisite: A course that you must have ordinarily attempted all elements of before you are permitted to register for another particular course.

You must attempt the following course before this course is taken:

  • MN1178 Business and management in a global context.

Topics covered

  • Capabilities
  • Motivation
  • Employment relations
  • Work organisation

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • describe the relationship between HRM and organisational performance and be able to critically evaluate the empirical evidence
  • critically evaluate alternative perspectives on HR practices
  • analyse the relationship between HR practices and their outcomes for the individual and organisation
  • evaluate the effectiveness of different HR practices
  • comment upon the limitations of the theories covered


Unseen written exam (3 hrs).

Essential reading

  • Bratton, J. and J. Gold. Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice. 5th edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Kramar, R. and J. Syed. Human resource management in a global context. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Torrington, D., L. Hall, S. Taylor and C. Atkinson. Fundamentals of Human Resource Management. FT/Prentice Hall.

Course information sheets

Download the course information sheets from the LSE website.