ID410      Half Unit
Management of Human Resources: Strategies and Policy

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jonathan Booth NAB4.01


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Management and Human Resources. This course is available on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPhil/PhD in Management, MSc in International Employment Relations and Human Resource Management, MSc in International Management, MSc in Management, MSc in Management (CEMS MIM) and MSc in Management, Organisations and Governance. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The course examines central issues pertinent to the theory and practice of Human Resource Management (HRM). It introduces students to a range of theoretical perspectives which underpin the ways in which organisations manage the employment relationship through the deployment of HRM strategy and policy. From a practice perspective, it reviews challenges involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of both overall HRM strategy and specific practice areas. In this respect we review HR policy and practice in the areas of recruitment and selection, training and development, diversity and work-life issues, job redesign, labour markets, retention, employee relations and voice, exit and ageing workforce, performance appraisal and rewards.


15 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

Students are expected to read widely in the appropriate journals; a detailed reading list will be provided at the start of the course. The course textbook is: Boxall, P.; Purcell, J.; & Wright, P. (2007): The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management, Oxford University Press.

Additional textbooks of interest include: J Baron & D Kreps, Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers, John Wiley, New York, 1999.

Boxall, P, and Purcell, J. (2008) Strategy and human resource management. 2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke; Ivancevich, J. M. (2007): Human Resource Management. 10th ed., Boston, MA: McGraw Hill;

Marchington, M.; & Wilkinson, A. (2005): People Management and Development. Human Resource Management at Work. 3rd ed., London: CIPD;

Sisson, K. & Storey, J. (2000) The Realities of Human Resource Management; Buckingham: Open University Press;

Storey, J (2007) Human Resource Management: a critical text. London: Thomson;

Marsden, David (1999) A theory of employment systems, Oxford University Press.


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (40%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 78

Average class size 2012/13: 14

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication