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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

144 credit points in any SCU units

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
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.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  2. Identify and critically review literature about the Resource Based View (RBV) and apply this to organisational strategy.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  3. Discuss strategic leadership in relation to CEO's, charismatic and transformational leadership, worldly leadership and leadership in cyberspace.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of strategic HRM and HRM within the global context.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  5. Discuss HRM behaviour and ethics.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  6. Propose, critically evaluate and justify an ethical leadership role for HRM practitioners in the 21st century organisation.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  7. Propose, critically evaluate and justify the contribution that HRM practitioners can make to organisational strategy within alternative theoretical approaches.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Boxall, P & Purcell, J, 2011, Strategy and Human Resource Management , 3rd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, New York. ISBN: 9780230579354.

  • Boxall, P & Purcell, J, 2011, Strategy and Human Resource Management , 3rd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, New York. ISBN: 9780230579354.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.