MGX3441 - Human resource strategy - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Cathy Sheehan


Associate Professor Cathy Sheehan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


MGB2430, MGC2430, MGG2430, MGF2661 or MGW2430


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 theoretical links between strategy and HRM
  2. critically analyse how HRM can be used as a strategic tool to gain competitive advantage with respect to the global context
  3. formulate, evaluate and recommend solutions to strategic HRM problems
  4. critically analyse strategic HRM theories and practices and their applications to organisational realities.


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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