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MAN3205 Strategic Human Resource Management III
Credit Points: 15
MAN2145 Human Resource Management

Students who take their first course in human resource management (HRM) typically study the classical functions of HR practice - job design, recruitment, selection, training and development, compensation and so forth.  This is intended to develop their understanding of the HR basics, sometimes referred to as the ‘functions toolkit’.  However, you should not limit your study to the ‘functions toolkit’ if you wish to become actively involved at the strategic level of an organisation.

The learning experiences in this unit will help prepare you to perform the role of strategic partner through developing a strategic mindset or way of looking at and thinking about the management of work and people in organisations.  HR practitioners play a strategic partner role when they have the knowledge and skills to be an essential part of the senior management team running the organisation and translate business strategy into action.    As part of your preparation for enacting the role of strategic partner you will need to become familiar with the theory, concepts and research in the field of Strategic HRM. 

Strategic HRM integrates the fields of Strategic Management and HRM, and is a field of study that is still taking form.  Two broad themes are apparent in the emerging body of literature on Strategic HRM.  First, an organisation’s human resources are of critical strategic importance.  This means that all the experience, knowledge, skills, judgement, risk taking propensity and creativity of individuals associated with the organisation have the potential to provide both the foundation for strategy formulation and the means for strategy implementation.  Second, a firm’s HR practices are instrumental in developing the strategic capability of its pool of human resources.  In Strategic HRM you learn about how the tools in the ‘functions toolkit’ can be used to develop and organisation’s strategic capabilities. 

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
MAAAAOHuman Resource Management Major
MIAAAGHuman Resource Management Minor
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2012 VET: 15/03/2012