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Critical Perspectives on People Management


Module description

In this module we introduce you to the theory and practice of human resource management, and to various HR functions. Through an exploration of theories and practical examples, you will reflect on the different ways people are managed in contemporary organisations, as well as the consequences of various people-management practices for the organisation and the individual.

Indicative syllabus

  • Introduction to people management: core theories and concepts
  • The context of people management
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Performance and reward management
  • Labour process and work organisation
  • Equality, diversity and discrimination at the workplace
  • Job quality and work-life balance
  • Employee voice

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate different theoretical perspectives of people management
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of some key HRM functions
  • evaluate the effects and consequences that various HRM practices have for the organisation and the individual employee
  • interpret core concepts in the analysis of HRM, including the role and interests of management, workers and other stakeholders
  • understand recent developments in the organisation of work and how these impact upon people management
  • evaluate case studies of contemporary developments in HRM in different employment sectors.