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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

This unit develops a critical understanding of the theories of strategic management, as well as their application within different contexts. Therefore, critical issues of strategic leadership are examined including organisational leadership theories; such as, ethics policy, corporate social responsibility and governance. Alternative conceptions of strategic HRM are also covered.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is strategy: mission, values, time horizons.
Topic 2: Critical review of all approaches to strategy.
Topic 3: An introduction and critical review of RBV.
Topic 4: Introduction to strategic HRM.
Topic 5: Implementing strategic HRM: Is it best practice, best fit (contingency) or an amalgamation/ extension of RBV literature.
Topic 6: A critical review of best fit, best practice and RBV literature and the approach to strategic HRM.
Topic 7: HRM behaviour in Globalisation: Theory of development, ethnocentric, globalisation theories. What is the role of the HR manager?
Topic 8: Using RBV to strategise (public, private/non-profit, SME).
Topic 9: Strategic leadership.
Topic 10: Ethics in a strategic HRM context.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 Discuss and critically review theoretical approaches to strategy.
2 Identify and critically review literature about the Resource Based View (RBV) and apply this to organisational strategy.
3 Discuss strategic leadership in relation to CEO's, charismatic and transformational leadership, worldly leadership and leadership in cyberspace.
4 Demonstrate an understanding of strategic HRM and HRM within the global context.
5 Discuss HRM behaviour and ethics.
6 Propose, critically evaluate and justify an ethical leadership role for HRM practitioners in the 21st century organisation.
7 Propose, critically evaluate and justify the contribution that HRM practitioners can make to organisational strategy within alternative theoretical approaches.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss and critically review theoretical approaches to strategy.
  2. Identify and critically review literature about the Resource Based View (RBV) and apply this to organisational strategy.
  3. Discuss strategic leadership in relation to CEO's, charismatic and transformational leadership, worldly leadership and leadership in cyberspace.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of strategic HRM and HRM within the global context.
  5. Discuss HRM behaviour and ethics.
  6. Propose, critically evaluate and justify an ethical leadership role for HRM practitioners in the 21st century organisation.
  7. Propose, critically evaluate and justify the contribution that HRM practitioners can make to organisational strategy within alternative theoretical approaches.

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.