Human Resources Management (HRM)


Essential Texts:

Armstrong M. (2012) Armstrong’s Handbook of Human Resource Management Practice 12th Ed.

Henderson, I. (2011) Human Resource Management for MBA Students, London: CIPD

Background Reading:

Beardwell, I. and Gold, J., (2009) Human Resource Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Beardwell, J. Claydon, T. (2010) Human Resource Management: A Contemporary Approach, Financial Times: Prentice Hall

Bratton J and Gold J (2012) Human Resource Management Theory and Practice 5th Ed Palgrave.

Cook, M. (2009) Personnel selection: adding value through people. 5th ed. Chichester: John Wiley.

Dowling, P., Festing, M. and Engle, A. D. (2007) International human resource management: managing people in a multi-national context. 5th ed. London: Thomson Learning.

Edenborough, R. (2007) Assessment methods in recruitment, selection and performance: a manager’s guide to psychometric testing, interviews and selection. London: Kogan Page.

Laroche, L. and Rutherford, D. (2007) Recruiting, retaining and promoting culturally different employees. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann.

Marchington, M. and Wilkinson, A. (2008) Human Resource Management at Work, Wiltshire: CIPD

Pilbeam, S. and Corbridge, M. (2006) People resourcing: contemporary HRM in practice. 3rd ed. Harlow: Financial Times / Prentice Hall.

Taylor, S. (2008) People Resourcing, Fourth Edition, Wiltshire, CIPD

Taylor, S. (2010) Resourcing and talent management. 5th ed. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Torrington, D. Hall, L. Taylor, S and Atkinson, C. (2009) Fundamentals of Human Resource Management: Managing People at Work, London: Prentice Hall


British Journal of Management
CIPD Journal ‘People Management’
Coaching at Work
Education and Training Journal
Et alia
Harvard Business Review
HRM Review
Human Resource Management
Industrial and Labour Relations Review
International Journal of Employment Studies
Journal of International Business Studies
Journal of Labour Economics
Journal of Management Development
Journal of Organizational Behaviour
Journal of Workplace Learning
Management Today
People and Strategy: Journal of the HR Planning Society
Personnel Review
Personnel Today
Public Personnel Management
Research and Practice in HRM
Strategic HR Review
Strategic Management Journal
The Academy of Management Review
The Journal of Business
The Journal of Human Resources
The Journal of Industrial Economics
Work Employment and Society

Useful Websites:



1. Research-informed Literature
Your work must embed and be informed and supported by relevant and credible scholarly material that is accessible in the learned journals listed on the module schedule. You should refer to at least 10 such sources. Additionally, you should refer to text books, current news items and benchmark your organisation against other organisations to ensure your assignment is current and up-to-date. High-level referencing skills using the Harvard Method must be demonstrated throughout your work and all sources listed alphabetically within your bibliography.

2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject
Your work must demonstrate the growing extent of your knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying

TASK DESCRIPTION Part 1 (2500 words)
The following learning outcome drives part 1 of this assignment:
Critically review and appraise current research and advanced scholarship so to enable them to evaluate managerial and business environments; and analyse how resourcing an organisation is affected and informed by internal and external factors that in turn serve to influence the policies, procedures and processes adopted by the organisation.
Essay Question:
Reflecting on concepts introduced in the module and using the context of your chosen organisation critically evaluate High Commitment, High-Performance HR and how resourcing an organisation is affected and informed by internal and external factors that in turn serve to influence the policies, procedures and processes adopted by the organisation.

(2500 words)
The following learning outcome drives part 2 of this assignment:
Demonstrate a systematic understanding of current issues in HRM and IHRM within a variety of organisations so to enable them to manage effectively the design and implementation of fair, efficient and effective policies and procedures that serve to deliver upon the strategic aims of the organisation.
Essay Question:
To demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the above, you will need to select two different organisations that operate internationally. These organisations should operate in different sectors and different geographic locations. In your essay, you will compare and contrast the challenges facing these organisations from an International HRM perspective. Your essay should focus on theory/models/frameworks related to IHRM and their deployment, or choices to be considered, in relation to the differing strategic needs of the organisations you have selected.

Please note the following when completing your assignment:
1. Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
2. Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
3. Length: 5000 words (maximum)
4. Formatting: Typed on A4 paper in Times New Roman or Arial font 12 with at least 2.5 centimetre space at each edge, double spaced and pages numbered.
5. Document format: In business report format, with a clear title, course, and name or ID number on a cover sheet and including a bibliography using Harvard referencing throughout.
6. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive.



NOTE: The guidance offered below is linked to the five common assessment criteria overleaf and specifically aligned to the “exceptional” outcome category to which we anticipate students aspire.

principles associated with the subject area. This means that within your work, you should provide evidence of your growing mastery in critical awareness of current challenges, new insights and the constant need for innovation within the field. Furthermore, a critical awareness of the ambiguities and limitations of knowledge and even understanding, should be considered and examples of such, illustrated within your work.

3. Analysis
To be considered masters worthy, your work must contain evidence of analysis, evaluation and synthesis. This means not just describing “What!” but also justifying: Why? How? When? Who? Where? And at what cost! At all times, you must provide justification of your arguments and judgements. Evidence that you have reflected upon the ideas of others on matters occurring in the real world of business is crucial to you providing a reasoned and informed debate within your work. Your choice of methodologies to gather data and information must be rigorously defended. Furthermore, you should provide evidence that you are able to make sound judgements and convincing arguments in the absence of complete data, since within the real world of work, we rarely have access to, or know all the information! Persuasive conclusions are especially necessary and must be derived from the content of your work – there should be no new information presented within your conclusion. Your work should aspire to resemble work which is of journal publishable quality.

4. Practical Application and Deployment
It is essential that you rationalise how you decided upon certain methods, materials, tools and techniques to inform and complete your work. You must demonstrate what informed your decision(s) to apply certain concepts that enabled you to formulate innovative and creative solutions to the challenges presented to you or that you identified for yourself. Plausible, costed and justifiable recommendations are demanded and where these are absent, your work is undermined. Your work should provide evidence that you are growing in mastery in developing cutting edge processes and techniques within the subject area.