Contemporary Issues in HRM / HRM Strategy and Policy

Contemporary Issues in HRM / HRM Strategy and Policy

 

Assessment 1

 

Task Instructions:

 

Select a contemporary topic in the area of human resource management and write a report using the suggested structure: see below. You’ll need to review a range of literature in that area to provide a summary of literature and then provide some industry insights. Highlight any innovations.

 

Step 1: Topic selection

 

Select a topic from the current issues in HRM (e.g. work-life balance, contingent workforce) that interests you. Discuss and confirm your selected topic with your lecturer before commencing.

 

Step 2: Literature review

 

To fully understand the topic and research findings, read some relevant books and articles from quality journals (e.g. Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, and International Journal of Human Resource Management) and industry magazines (e.g. HR Monthly from AHRI) on your topic.

 

Step 3: Gain access to an organisation/industry (preferably) or rely on publicly available information

 

Investigate how the organisation/industry addresses the issue under focus. In doing this you will need to:

  • Document the specific practices the company employs.
  • Examine and analyse the effectiveness and efficiency of those practices from various sources (e.g. websites, case studies, industry magazines articles, interviews, manuals of policies, documents, or newspapers/magazines/news/media stories). For example, some Human Resources Monthly magazine articles note the effectiveness of diversity practices of some banks. If you can’t find any info on that, you can do your own evaluation based on your knowledge and the previous section.

 

 

DO NOT record audio or video of managers/staff without prior written permission. If they hesitate to give access/information, assure them that you won’t put the organisation’s name on the report.

 

Step 4: Report writing

 

Prepare the report arranging and summarising the information (collected in steps 2 and 3) using the suggested structure.

 

 

Suggested Structure – Assignment 1 – MGN506 / MGB305

 

  • Title page
  • Topic
  • Your name and student ID
  • Organisation/industry

 

  • Introduction (᷅~100 words)
  • Briefly note the purpose of the report

 

  • Literature Summary (12.5 marks, ~700 words)
  • Provide a summary of academic and practitioner literature on your topic using appropriate sub-headings based on your topic and research (e.g. academic literature, practitioner literature OR Pre-2000, Post-2000 OR Australian Literature, other literature OR organisation-level literature, employee-level literature OR universalistic perspective literature, contextual/contingency perspective literature).

 

  • Practice (12.5 marks, ~700 words)

The practice section should use the following sub-headings:

  • The company practices
  • Effectiveness and efficiency of those practices from various sources (e.g. websites, case studies, industry magazines articles, interviews, manuals of policies, documents, or newspapers/magazines/news/media stories). For example, some Human Resources Monthly magazine articles note the effectiveness of diversity practices of some banks. If you can’t find any info on that, you can do your own evaluation based on your knowledge and the previous section.

 

  • References
  • QUT APA or APA 6th for all referencing. Refer to CITE WRITE on the library website for details. Use a RANGE of references (e.g., books, journals, industry magazines and newspapers). Include references for material that you have USED in the report – not material that you have simply read.

 

Note: The remaining 5 marks are for written presentation including structure and format of the report such as referencing, clarity and correctness (see the CRA).

 

 

Formatting Your Report

 

  • Use numbered headings and subheadings
  • 12 font size and at least 1.5 spacing
  • Write in formal language. Avoid first and second person pronouns (e.g. I, we and you). Use the 3rd person – “It is suggested…” – to create a sense of emotional detachment and impartiality.
  • Ensure that you use non-discriminatory, inclusive language
  • Number all pages
  • Ensure that the in-text references and the references list at the end of the report use QUT APA or APA 6th referencing style
  • The word limit is 1500 words – 10% over/under the limit is acceptable. All words (excluding the title page and references list) are included in the word count. Words in appendixes are not included in the word count however will not be awarded any marks. Words in tables are included in the word count.

 

 

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