ID441      Half Unit
Contemporary Issues in HR Management

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jonathan Booth NAB4.01


This course is available on the MPhil/ PhD in Management and MSc in Management and Human Resources. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course combines a focus on contemporary issues of significance in HRM, along with faculty's current research topics. The curriculum evolves and is subject to change each year. Recent topics have included:
Strategic HRM (e.g., HRM (de)centralisation in global firms, managing labour standards, etc.)
HR transformation – Key models and evidence & the UBS case
Corporate Social Responsibility and HRM
Employer Banding and Employee Engagement
The Crisis in Pensions Senior executive reward - a case of market failure?
Discrimination in the 21st Century?
Toxin handling and compassion organising: A role for HRM?


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Lecture/seminars will be run in a participatory manner, involving case studies, debates etc. Students are expected to prepare for, and contribute to, the lecture/seminars.

Formative coursework

Students will be required to write a 1,000 word case-analysis in preparation for the case study in week 4.

Indicative reading

Specific readings will be allocated on a weekly basis prior to each lecture and class. General readings will include the following.

Geppert, M., Mayer, M. 2006. Global, national and local practices in multinational companies. New York. Palgrave Macmillan.
Griffin, R. W., & O'Leary-Kelly, A. M. 2004. The dark side of organizational behaviour. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Pemberton, H., Thane, P., & Whiteside, N. 2006. Britain's Pensions Crisis. British Academy/Oxford University Press.
Ulrich, D., Brockbank, W.,Younger, J., Nyman, M. Allen, J. 2009. HR transformation - building human resources from the outside in. McGraw Hill.


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (30%, 2000 words) and class participation (10%).

Key facts

Department: Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour

Total students 2012/13: 32

Average class size 2012/13: 32

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication