OnlineSession 2Session 2
Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port MoresbyN/ASession 2

Unit description

This unit develops a critical understanding of the theories of strategic management, as well as their application within different contexts. Therefore, critical issues of strategic leadership are examined including organisational leadership theories; such as, ethics policy, corporate social responsibility and governance. Alternative conceptions of strategic HRM are also covered.

Unit content

Topic 1: What is strategy: mission, values, time horizons.
Topic 2: Critical review of all approaches to strategy.
Topic 3: An introduction and critical review of RBV.
Topic 4: Introduction to strategic HRM.
Topic 5: Implementing strategic HRM: Is it best practice, best fit (contingency) or an amalgamation/ extension of RBV literature.
Topic 6: A critical review of best fit, best practice and RBV literature and the approach to strategic HRM.
Topic 7: HRM behaviour in Globalisation: Theory of development, ethnocentric, globalisation theories. What is the role of the HR manager?
Topic 8: Using RBV to strategise (public, private/non-profit, SME).
Topic 9: Strategic leadership.
Topic 10: Ethics in a strategic HRM context.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Boxall, P & Purcell, J, 2016, Strategy and Human Resource Management , 4th edn, Palgrave Macmillan, New York. ISBN: 9781137407634.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Online study group structured tasks20%
Exam: closed book40%

Papua New Guinea - IBSU Port Moresby

Teaching method
Workshop on-site
Online study group structured tasks20%
Exam: closed book40%

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