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Human resources in organisations

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Academic Direction
Birkbeck, University of London
Modes of Study

Develop a practical understanding of relevant theory and practice in HRM. Apply this knowledge to a variety of complex situations, recognising the integrated nature of managerial decisions and the challenges of effectively implementing HR practices within a wide variety of organisations.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • HR and the organisation
  • Employment life-cycle from entry to exit
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • The employment relationship
  • Performance and reward
  • HRS contemporary trends and challenges

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • identify, describe and apply a range of relevant approaches to deal with key strategic HRM issues.
  • explain the need to undertake, and the benefits and challenges of, effective human resource planning.
  • compare and contrast strategic approaches to recruitment, selection, development, rewards and employee exit (including consideration of a range of demographic, social, technological and regulatory trends).
  • identify effective approaches to developing employee engagement and to ensuring positive employer/employee relations (including consideration of a range of demographic, social, technological and regulatory trends).
  • analyse HRM practices within their own/case organisations and make suggestions for improvement.
  • review the respective roles of (and dynamics between) HR practitioners and other key stakeholders (both within and without the organisation) in the delivery of HR practices throughout the employment life-cycle.


​One two-hour unseen written examination.​

Essential reading

  • Boxall P, Purcell J and Wright P (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
  • Torrington D, Hall L, Taylor S and Atkinson, C (2011) Human Resource Management (8th Edition): Harlow: FT/Prentice Hall.