Strategic Human Resource Management - BUSN6840

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Hamid Roodbari checkmark-circle


This module will introduce students to the key concepts of managing people, involving an examination of organisational, human resource management and industrial relations theory. This will be achieved through relating relevant theory to practical people and organisational management issues.

Topics of study are:
The theory of strategic HRM; Strategic HRM and Business Strategy;
Strategic HRM and Organisational Performance;
Strategic employee involvement and participation;
HRM in the public sector;
HRM in Small and Medium Enterprises;
HRM in the voluntary sector;
Strategic HRM in the international context.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Group presentation (20%)
2 hour Examination (80%)

Reassessment method:
100% Examination

Indicative reading

Beardwell, J. and Claydon, T. (2010) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach 6th Edition London: FT Prentice-Hall

Bratton, J. and Gold, J. (2012) Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan

Kramar, R. and Syed, J. (2012) Human Resource Management in a Global Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Truss, C., Mankin, D. & Kelliher, C. (2012), Strategic Human Resource Management Oxford: Oxford University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- critically evaluate the theory of HRM and its links with organisational theory.
- critically evaluate the strategic importance of human resource management.
- understand the links between strategic human resource management and business strategy.
- critically assess the role and impact of strategic HRM in the performance of organisations.
- understand performance outcomes associated with different forms of strategic HRM.
- assess the strategic contribution of employee participation and involvement to strategic HRM and organisational performance.
- evaluate the process of HRM in relation to size and sectoral contexts

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- demonstrate enhanced analytical skills by linking theoretical perspectives to contemporary organisational situations
- work independently and manage their time effectively
- demonstrate effective communication skills


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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