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SCHOOL *                            Northampton Business School

DIVISION *                          NBS Leadership and HRM Division

FIELD*                              LEADERSHIP & HRM

MODULE TITLE*                       Strategic HRM Scenarios

MODULE CODE *                   LEVEL*           CREDIT VALUE*                   CO-ORDINATOR

                                7                10                              Michael S Fearey

DELIVERY MODE(S)*               Standard; Distance Learning; Blended Learning
DELIVERY                        UON
LOCATION(S)*                    DU








This module has no supplementary regulations


The competent HR practitioner should be capable of analysing and predicting a range
of possible scenarios that may impact upon an organisation. Such scenarios may
emerge from a variety of environmental conditions within the political, economic,
social, technological and legal framework or may be the result of rapidly changing and
turbulent markets and competitive situations.
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In order to operate effectively at a strategic level, HR practitioners need to analyse
and predict such scenarios and to develop coherent HR strategies to enable
organisations to achieve their objectives, goals and mission.
Students taking this module will already be familiar with business and HR strategies
and the concept of strategic analysis.

OVERALL AIM(S) FOR THE MODULE* (Max 2 bullet points)

To provide students with the analytical tools which will enable them to engage in
environmental analysis, to assess a range of possible scenarios, and to make
decisions as to appropriate alternative responses from a HRM perspective.


On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
a)   evaluate key theoretical approaches to the management and development of
     human resources in a variety of organisational and business settings
b)   critically appraise the nature and scope of environmental scanning and scenario
c)   evaluate models of the change process, their appropriateness to different
     contexts and the role of HR in the change process

Subject specific skills
d)    apply the tools and techniques of scenario building to a long term view of an
      organisation's strategic development
e)    construct different HRM scenarios and justify their relevance
f)    explore and evaluate the impact of SHRM on organisational effectiveness.

Key Skills
g)    apply appropriate problem solving methodologies in complex and varied
      organisational scenarios critically
h)    summarise complex arguments in a clearl , well argued manner


The concept of scenario building and planning, the tools and techniques of scenario
construction, developing scenarios and HR strategies
Different organisational contexts including public, private and not-for -profit sectors,
international organisations, small and medium sized enterprises and the implications
for HRM

The nature of change and the HR role in managing strategic organisational change;
environmental drivers of change; models and theories of the change process;
implications of the change process on employee attitudes and behaviour; identifying
and overcoming barriers to change; managing strategic change in organisations.

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The teaching and learning strategy will be guided by the method of teaching -
standard, DL or BL. All modes will include taught input and most sessions will be
structured around initial tutor input followed by individual/group activities and
discussions. Extensive use will be made of case study material and it is hoped to
draw upon the experience of external speakers.

Tutor led learning sessions                                                45
Self-directed study                                                        30
Assessment preparation and research                                        25
TOTAL                                                                      100

This module may be assessed by examation or written report. An examination is the
preferred option, but if this is not desirable or possible (perhaps because of student
location on a distance learning mode) then assessment will be by written report.
Where examined, students will be issued with a written case study of a specific
organisation. They will then be required to apply their learning from this module by
answering a number of unseen questions relating to the case study under
examination conditions. The examination questions will take account of key learning
points including; scenario building, managing change, environmental analysis, HR and
business strategy. The examination will be of 2 hours duration. Students will be
allowed to take into the examination annotated versions of the case study but no
other materials.
If an examination is not used, students will be required to apply their learning to a
thorough analysis of 2 alternative scenarios that an organisation of their choice may
face in future years. They will then explain possible HR strategies for dealing with
such scenarios.


This module is taught by University of Northampton staff, face to face, to student
cohorts on campus and via distance learning.


Assessment Items                                             Units Weighting Learning Outcomes
AS1- Written Examination OR
     Individual report (3,000 words)                            2.5         100   a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h


Development of plausible scenarios demonstrating understanding of environmental
influences and their potential impact upon an organisation in future years.

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Explanation of implications of scenarios on the case study organisation and its human

Formulation of coherent HR strategies that take account of the need for effective
change management and development of new attitudes and behaviours.

Production of clear, logical and convincing recommendations


Version: 7

Date of approval: June 2003

Date of revision: December 2005                   Section: RPS and Learning outcomes

Date of revision: 19 October 2006                 Section: Reviewed

Date of revision: January 2007 Section: School, font & minor formatting changes:
list of reading

Date of revision: March 2011                          Section: All sections reviewed and approved
for PSR

Date of revision: All sections revised for PSR December 2011

Date of revision: March 2008              Section: Assessment strategy

Date of Revision: April 2008              Section: Assessment changed to 100% exam

Date of Revision: July 2008               Section: Assessment strategy to accommodate DL

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