MBA5008 - Managing people for competitive advantage - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

MBA Program


Professor Patrick Butler

Not offered in 2017


Effective management of human capital has the potential to be a source of sustainable competitive advantage for high-performance organisations. This unit examines various ways in which organisations can effectively lead and managed human capital for growth and profits, innovation and sustainable competitive advantage. The unit consists of three modules: managing individual motivation, behaviour and engagement at work; managing people and the human resource function; and the design of high performance human resource systems. As well as drawing on contemporary research on strategic HRM and the high performance workplace, the unit covers a wide range of real-world case and practical challenges in managing people and human capital in diverse organisational settings.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. increase knowledge of leading ideas and trends in strategic human resource management and high performance work systems
  2. develop personal and organisational strategies for managing and leading people and teams at work in different organisational settings
  3. acquire practical skills through the application of knowledge to the diagnosis of real-world cases, and to solving problems in the design and management of effective people management systems
  4. develop capabilities to be future generators of sustainable economic, social and environmental value for business.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

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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Chief examiner(s)


Students must be enrolled in course 0028 to undertake this unit.