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MG190: Human Resource Management and Employment Relations


Course Content

This course provides a panorama of the key analytical issues in HRM and Employment Relations. It addresses recent theories and controversies, and applies them to cases of current interest such as; the new HR challenges of the financial crisis; international supply chains; and, the emergence of global labour markets. 

The course has an international focus which draws upon the experiences of several OECD countries including the US, Japan, EU member states and certain emerging economies.

Topics covered are divided in to two main sections:

HRM organisational perspectives

  • Employment Relations and Human Resource Management
  • Human resource management strategy, performance and stakeholder interests
  • Organisational core competencies, skills and knowledge management
  • Motivation, organisational commitment and the ‘psychological contract’
  • Reward systems and reward strategy
  • Managing human resources across organisational and national boundaries

Employment relations and HRM international perspectives

  • Employment relations in comparative perspective
  • Employment relations and ‘varieties of capitalism’
  • Employee participation: From teams to works councils
  • Employment relations and pay systems
  • Globalisation and international labour standards
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and labour standards

Throughout the duration of this course, use will be made of international evidence and international comparisons. Case studies will be chosen to provide a feel for the diversity of different approaches to HRM and Employment Relations, and guidance will be provided as to how to interpret this.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand how human resource management contributes to organisational performance, in both business and the public sector
  • Recognise and examine the ways management develop and motivate employees in organisations
  • Interpret how management considers the role of works councils and trade unions
  • Realise the increasing importance of the European and international dimension of employment relations
  • Better understand the growing influence of emerging economies such as China and India
  • Gain essential knowledge of the regulation of labour standards across borders.



There is no set text for this course. Students will be given a set of photocopied materials, and will additionally be expected to make use of reading materials available electronically in the Library.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice



Session: One

Dates: 20 June - 8 July 2016

Professor David Marsden

Level: 100 level

Fees: Click here for information

Prerequisites: None

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Written work and one written examination

Typical credit**: 3 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU) 

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