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									                                         University of Alberta School of Business
                                   Department of Strategic Management and Organization

                                                ORG A 4161
                          Performance Management and Rewards2
                                                    Winter 2007

Class Information

                  Section:                Day:                   Room:                  Time:
                    B1                   Tue, Thu               Bus 4-09          11 :00 – 12 :20pm

Contact Information

          Instructor        Michelle Inness
          Office:           Business 4-21C
          Telephone:        492-4693 (office)
          Fax:              492-3325
          Course website:
          Office hours:     I would be pleased to meet with you by appointment

Course Description and Objectives

A compensation system can have a major impact on an organization’s success, not least of all
because employee compensation often represents a substantial portion of the organization’s
operating budget. The problem is, however, that no single compensation system fits all
organizations. Thus, the major purpose of this course is to help students identify, design, and
implement a compensation system that will add the most value to an organization. An approach
emphasizing strategic, behavioural and technical aspects of compensation is presented.

Course Materials

1.         Long, Richard J. 2006. Strategic Compensation in Canada, 3rd edition. Scarborough:
           Nelson Thomson Learning.

2.         Students are responsible for all assigned readings, including materials presented in lectures,
           class discussions, mini-cases, videos, class presentations, etc. Slides from lectures will be
           posted to the course website but should not be viewed as a substitute for the material dealt
           with in class.

    ORG A 311, HRM: Managing the Workforce in Canada is a pre or co-requisite for this course.
    Policy about course outlines can be found in Section 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.

ORG A 416, B1 – Winter Term 2007                                                                            1
Method of Evaluation 3

This course offers students several opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of course
material. Performance in the course will be evaluated on the following basis:

                Participation                                                15%
                Mid-term Exam (Thu, Mar 1)                                   30%
                Final Exam (Time TBA)                                        40%
                Theme Paper (5% proposal, 5% final paper,                    15%
                5% presentation)
                Total                                                       100%


Participation means active involvement in and contribution to learning in class. Participation will
be assessed on 10 separate occasions during the semester, these days being marked with a “P” on
the course schedule (herein called P-days). P-days are always on Thursdays. Each P-day is worth
1.5 marks for a total of 15 potential marks. To facilitate this part of the course, students will be
assigned to discussion teams. Teams will be expected to answer questions, present solutions and/or
hand in written work at the end of class. Students must attend the full class on P-days and actively
contribute to their team, with participation being assessed on each day on a pass/fail basis. Where
students are able to show just cause for being unable to attend a P-Day, a written solution to the case
questions may be submitted prior to class for a P-Day credit. It is expected this option will be used
sparingly, and except in emergencies, approval prior to class is needed to avail of this option. If a
student uses this option, a grade out of 1.5 will be assigned on the basis of the accuracy of their


There are two examinations scheduled in this course, a mid-term exam on Thursday, March 1st
worth 35% and a final exam on Thursday, April 19 at 9 AM worth 40%. The mid-term and final
will be 75 minutes and 120 minutes in length, respectively. For the mid-term, students will be
permitted to use one, double-sided cheat sheet that is no more than 8.5 by 11 inches in dimension.
In the final exam, two cheat sheets as just described will be permitted. In theory, the final exam will
be cumulative, but as a practical matter, the emphasis will be on material covered in the second-half
of the semester. Both exams will involve answering a series of questions related to a mini-case.
The focus in both exams will be on applying concepts and methods learned in class to practical

  The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are
expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University
in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student
Behaviour (online at and avoid any behaviour that could potentially result
in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offence. Academic
dishonesty is a serious offence and can result in expulsion from the University.
ORG A 416, B1 – Winter Term 2007                                                                                    2
Theme Paper

Students must submit a theme paper worth a total of 15% of the course mark. Of this 15%, 5% will
be assigned on the basis of a 1-page proposal of the topic you want to write about, due on Feb 15.
Your proposal should be no longer than one page, and should clearly state the purpose of your
paper, followed by an outline of the paper you intend to write. You will be graded on how well
thought-out your proposal is, whether you are integrating or moving beyond material in class and
the book, and your accuracy. 5% will be assigned on the basis of your final paper, which must be
between 4.5 and 5 double-spaced pages in 12-point font (approximately 1250 words), due on April
10 (see additional comments below). The remaining 5% will be assigned based on a 5-10 minute
presentation of your ideas during class time class, followed by an opportunity for comments and
suggestions from the class.

The following additional comments are meant to provide further guidance in writing your theme

Topic: Theme papers may address any topic of interest to a student. Some examples of topics
include: (a) an analysis of a former job or organization you are familiar with using the arguments
presented in the book/class; (b) an analysis of some news event using the arguments presented in
the book; (c) a new idea related to compensation strategy/structure, or an important idea that the
book hasn’t covered that you think it should have. Whatever topic you choose, be careful to select
one that is meaningful to you, sufficiently rigorous, and doable in 4.5-5 pages.

Structure: The first paragraph of the theme paper should clearly state the question, topic or theme
addressed in the paper. If you are analysing a previous job or organization, a brief description of
the most relevant aspects of it should also be provided at this point. The remainder of the paper
should then focus on answering your stated question or developing the arguments in support of
your chosen theme. The theme paper is only 1250 words so take care that your text stays focused
on your theme.

Assessment: Theme papers will be assessed for the extent to which they evidence a critical
understanding, application, extension or integration of the reading material assigned for the
particular week. Some things to avoid: (i) not identifying a specific question or theme; (ii) not
staying focused on answering a question or developing a theme; and/or (iii) papers that simply
describe or re-state what is stated in the book or class.

*Please note that assignments will be deducted 1 point per day late.


At the end of the term, marks will be aggregated according to the weights indicated above, and
then converted to a letter grade using the University of Alberta’s new letter grading system.
Final grades in this course will be based on each student’s relative standing within the class, as
well as his/her overall achievement.

ORG A 416, B1 – Winter Term 2007                                                                      3
Course Schedule
Week      Day       Date       Chapters Covered       Topic

  1.1     Tue       Jan 9               ----          Course Overview
  1.2     Thu      Jan 11            Ch 1 (1-15)      Introduction to compensation

  2.1     Tue      Jan 16            Ch 2 (21-56)     A Strategic Framework for Compensation
  2.2     Thu      Jan 18               TBA           In-class assignments (P-day)

  3.1     Tue      Jan 23           Ch 3 (61-103)     A Behavioural Framework for Compensation
  3.2     Thu      Jan 25               TBA           In-class assignments (P-day)

  4.1     Tue      Jan 30          Ch 4 (134-111)     Base Pay
  4.2     Thu      Feb 1                TBA           In-class assignments (P-day)

  5.1      Tue      Feb 6          Ch 4 (134-166);    Individual, Group & Organizational Performance
                                   Ch. 10 (387-416)   Pay
  5.2     Thu       Feb 8               TBA           In-class assignments (P-day)

  6.1      Tue     Feb 13          Ch 4 (134-168);    Indirect Pay
                                   Ch 11 (423-455)
  6.2     Thu      Feb 15               TBA           In-class assignments (P-day)
                                                      PROPOSALS DUE

  7.1     Tue      Feb 20                ----         TERM BREAK – NO CLASSES
  7.2     Thu      Feb 22                ----         TERM BREAK – NO CLASSES

  8.1     Tue      Feb 27                             Integration of Chapters 1-4, 10, 11
  8.2     Thu      Mar 1                              MIDTERM (Material based on chs. 1-4, 10, 11)

  9.1     Tue       Mar 6          Ch 5 (175-231)     Forming the Reward & Compensation Strategy
  9.2     Thu       Mar 8               TBA           VIDEO or PRESENTATIONS (P-day)

 10.1      Tue     Mar 13          Ch 6 (239-268);    Evaluating Jobs;
                                   Ch 7 (273-306)     Point Method
 10.2     Thu      Mar 15               TBA           PRESENTATIONS (P-day)

 11.1     Tue      Mar 20          Ch 8 (311-330)     Evaluating the Market
 11.2     Thu      Mar 22               TBA           PRESENTATIONS (P-day)

 12.1     Tue      Mar 27          Ch 9 (335-377)     Evaluating Individuals
 12.2     Thu      Mar 29               TBA           PRESENTATIONS (P-day)

 13.1     Tue      Apr 3           Ch 12 (461-491)    Managing the Compensation System
 13.2     Thu      Apr 5                              PRESENTATIONS (P-day)

 14.1      Tue     Apr 10                             PAPERS DUE; PRESENTATIONS or
                                                      VIDEO; Exam discussion
 14.2     Thu      Apr 12                             Office hours for individual questions
                              EXAM Ch 1-12            9AM, Thurs, Apr 19, Room TBA
ORG A 416, B1 – Winter Term 2007                                                                       4
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