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Human Resource Management

Module Title:Human Resource Management
Module Code (if already approved): 
Parent Programme Title (if applicable):BA (Hon) Business Studies
Faculty and School:Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Social Sciences. Canterbury Christ Church Business School
Credit Rating:20
Semester / Trimester of Delivery:1
Year of Delivery:B.A. Year 2
Programmes for which this is a core moduleBA Business Studies with Foundation Year
PSRB requirementsN/A


John Lewis axes staff bonus and plans to cut jobs, Dempsey, Jemma, BBC news (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-64945767 – accessed on 17th March 2023)

As a Human Resource Management Consultant, you have been invited by John Lewis & Partners to advise them on the possibility of restructuring their HR practices in order to compete more effectively in the global marketplace. Linking relevant theories on SHRM, and the role of SHRM in creating a high-performance organisation, you are required to complete the tasks below:

  1. Drawing on Storey’s model, critically discuss the main differences between Human Resource Management and Personnel Management (LO1)
  2. Examine the company’s strategic priorities and their implications for HRM (LO2)
  3. Using SHRM models that you think fit, critically discuss the company’s “Model of Employment”, and explore the organizational levers available to manage human resources in such a way as to contribute to sustainable competitive advantage. (LO3)
  4. Critically explore its organisational culture and its impact on the company’s SHRM. (LO4)
Activity TypeActivity DescriptorWeightingLength / DurationWeek Due
Written ReportIndividual Report100%4000 words17/07/2023

A maximum of 4000 words not including title page, table of contents, appendices or list of references. 

  1. Introduction -400 words
  2. Task 1 meets L01-600 words
  3. Task 2 meets L02-600 words
  4. Task 3 meets LO3-600 words
  5. Task 4 meets L04-600 words
  6. Task 5- Use of corporate examples and literature-400 words
  7. Task G- Suggestions/ Recommendations-400 words
  8. Conclusion-400 words
Assessment Strategy
The module is assessed via a 100% written report to enable students to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts and key functions of HR in organizations and how various strategic HR models in supporting the effective management of organizations Presentation & Style. Clarity of expression (incl. accuracy, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and numeracy): 10 marks Conforming to Instructions 10 marks Content and Knowledge- 40 Thinking & Analysis- 30 Conclusion- 10