Course Objective:
This module will place previous studies of Human Resource Management within a strategic, international dimension so as to illustrate the concept of competitive advantage applied to human resources.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be above to:

  • • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of approaches to labour management, (including HRM) in certain western societies and critically appraise the relevance and appropriateness of each of these to contemporary organizations and employment.
  • • Identify the strategic aspects of HRM and linkages between these and business terms of effectiveness and best practice' approaches.
  • • Understand and evaluate the role of organizational change in affecting HR policies and employee perceptions of organizations.

Course Contents:
Module I: Introduction & Development of Ideas on Human resources

  • Introduction to Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Difference between traditional HR and SHRM
  • Pluralism, unitarism and frames of References:
  • the 'excellence' literature and new managerialism

Module II: Business and HR Strategy

  • Relationships between the business and HR strategy,
  • competing approaches and models Changing Profiles of employees and customers
  • Globalization of Business and Human Resources
  • Challenges of leading an organization

Module III: Employment relationship and organizational change

  • Restructuring 'leanness' and 'downsizing' and the implications for the management of HR
  • Implications of contextual change for HRM in relation to resourcing, development
  • Management of human resources, and business.
  • Concepts and Growth of HRM and HRD

Module IV: Personality and Leadership

  • Concepts of Leadership, Determinants, Models of Personality
  • Concept of self – esteem, Socialization, Components of attitudes
  • Leadership styles and organizational values
  • Challenges in Global business environs and Situational Leadership

Module V: Leading Effective Teams & working in Groups

  • Team as a competitive strategy & obstacles for effective team performance
  • Groups – Importance & Dynamics
  • Global Organization, Reaching out the Global Customer & Role of individuals
  • Functional & Dysfunctional competition and cooperation in Organization

Module VI: Learning organizations & Organizational learning

  • Organizational learning – Process, Policy, Diffusion & Institutionalization
  • Change & Effective implementation
  • Employee autonomy and ethical Managers
  • Goals, Policies, Creating and sharing vision

Training Format:

    • All materials are made available through Distance Learning Approaches
    • Approximately 5-6 hours time commitment of your time per week
    • At your own time schedule, no live participation needed
    • Weekly feedback from committed instructors
    • Participants are expected to submit weekly assignments electronically to earn certificate of completion

Computing Requirements:

Participants will need to use email, upload and download word docs, PowerPoint files and PDFs, and post on the discussion board or send assignments by email.   If you do not have internet speed sufficient to download materials, an offline DVD or hard copies course may be the right alternative for you. Materials Provided: Online delivery of curriculum materials, exercises and templates.


After they have read the material for each unit, students are expected to test their own Learning by completing some relevant exercises and tasks.

In order to demonstrate their understanding of the course content, students will be required to submit three assignments.

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