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April 7, 2022


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This course, What is strategic human resource management?, is about the interplay between decision making in HR and the multiple environments within which such decisions are made.

The underlying premise is that, normally, better choices are made when they are informed by an understanding of the multiple contexts which are relevant to those choices.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the scope of HRM
  • Understand the meaning and nature of strategic HRM
  • Appreciate how HR strategies are related to business strategies
  • Describe how HR strategies can be informed by a knowledge of labour markets and product markets locally, nationally and internationally
  • Describe the dynamic nature of global competition and of social and technological trends and their significance for HRM practice.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:20:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
    • Inner and outer contexts 00:15:00
    • Inner contexts 00:15:00
    • Outer contexts 00:10:00
    • Different types and levels of context 00:30:00
    • Implication for HR practitioners 00:07:00
    • Key trends and key theories 00:07:00
    • The link between ‘trends’ and theories 00:15:00
    • Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity 00:15:00
    • Volatility and regulation 00:15:00
    • Time as context 00:15:00
    • Meta theories 00:20:00
    • Interacting contexts 00:10:00
    • The growth of alternatives? 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:07:00

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