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Leading and developing people

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Academic Direction
Birkbeck, University of London
Modes of Study

Enable students to develop a critical understanding of the strategic concept of human resource development and how it can enhance learning, skills, personal development and performance within the organisation.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • HRD and motivation
  • Leadership and followers
  • Flexible working and change management
  • Aims and objectives of HR and HRD functions
  • Professionalism and corporate social responsibility
  • HRD contemporary trends and practices

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • critically review major research studies on contemporary developments in the HRM and HRD fields published in the UK and overseas.
  • evaluate major theories relating to motivation, commitment and engagement at work and how these are put into practice by organisations.
  • debate and critically evaluate the characteristics of effective leadership and the methods used to develop leaders in organisations taking into consideration HRDs role in the interaction between power, culture, knowledge and HR /HRD development.
  • contribute to the promotion of flexible working and effective change management in organisations.
  • critically discuss the aims and objectives of the HRM and HRD functions in organisations and how these are met in practice.
  • promote professionalism and an ethical approach to HRM and HRD practice in organisations.
  • explore future HRD trends and practices and their links to organisational strategic plans.


One two-hour unseen written examination.

Essential reading

  • Rees,G and French, R. (eds) (2010) Leading, managing and developing people.London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
  • Torrington, D, Hall, L and Taylor,S (2009) Fundamentals of human resource management: managing people at work.Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.