Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Management
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Cathy Sheehan


This unit identifies and develops the thinking skills that enable the formulation of innovative HR strategies that advance organisational needs and objectives to achieve sustainable competitive advantage by critically examining the relationship between HRM and organisational strategies. Topics typically include: the external and global environment for HRM, the dynamics of industry-based competition, strategic flexibility, and characteristics of innovative and value-adding HR practices and systems.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. critically examine the link between strategy and HRM
  2. explain and illustrate how HRM can be used as a strategic tool to gain competitive advantage
  3. formulate, evaluate and recommend solutions to strategic HRM problems.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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