Essay Two: A 2000-word essay (+/- 10% and excluding from the
word count the reference list and any footnotes or appendices) on one of the
following essay topics (40% of the
Choose one of the following:
1. Recruitment and selection
policies and practices are said to be crucial to the achievement of corporate
and business strategy. Critically assess how such achievement can be secured.
2. Analyse the requirements needed
to implement an effective human resource development strategy.
3. Analyse the requirements needed
to implement an effective performance management system.
4. Conflict is often said to lie at
the heart of the employment relationship.
How might employee relations processes and practices help to resolve
5. The notion of learning is said
to be critical to organisational effectiveness.
Discuss the factors that can help or hinder the learning process in
6. Compare and contrast Taylorite
job design principles with the principles associated with the Job Redesign Movement.
7. What factors need to be borne in
mind if payment systems are to be regarded as effective by management and fair
8. Critically evaluate how human
resource management may influence employee motivation both positively and negatively.
Analyse the topic/question and look for key words that
indicate what you have to do
Make sure your essay answers the question; do not stray
off into less relevant aspects
Review teaching/reading material relating to the topic:
lecture slides plus the Henderson text as a minimum; try also to access the
other texts indicated in the Course Guide (the Grugulis, Randal/Sim and
Wilkinson, et al texts) and follow-up one or two of the references they
indicate concerning the topic
Avoid over-reliance on generic web-based materials(
MyMBA;All -you-need-to-know-about; etc.) but do look at respected sites such
as those of the major consultancies (e.g Deloitte, PwC, etc.) for indications
of current trends
Aim to make use of about 10 or 12 key sources/references
In your analysis addressing the essay question/issues make
sure you support your arguments by evidence and references to the literature or
other respected sources of information
If appropriate do make use of your own experience/ideas
concerning the topic or your organisations
approach or that of some other organisation you are familiar
with but balance this with appropriate
Structure of your essay:
o Remember the old idea:
Tell them what youre going to
Tell them what youve told
In other words:
Introduction: outline the main
parts of your essay; what you will cover and in what order.
Main Body: outline the key
terms relating to the topic and how these relate to the core task you are asked
to undertake in the essay; make use of evidence/references to support the
points made; remember that there may be different views expressed in the
literature it is quite alright to indicate a variety of views but come down
in favour of one approach or another and say why; assemble your arguments to
support the position you wish to communicate about the task; get a logical
order organised and work through them in writing this part of your essay.
Conclusion: briefly summarise
the range of ideas covered, your key arguments and any final thoughts thatyou wish
You can make use of headings/sub-headings if you want to but
they are not necessary.
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