|Learning outcomes||Assessment criteria|
|1. Understand the key contemporary business issues and main external factors|
affecting different organisations and the impact on HR.
|1.1 Assess a range of different factors which impact on an organisation’s business and its HR function.|
|2. Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed.||2.1 Analyse the forces shaping the HR agenda.|
2.2 Compare different tools for analysing the business environment.
2.3 Explain the key stages in strategy formulation and implementation and the role of HR.
2.4 Examine HR’s contribution to business ethics and accountability
|3. Know how to identify and respond to changes in the business environment.||3.1 Evaluate business performance and the role of HR in business planning and the change management agenda.|
3.2 Assess and utilise different sources of business and contextual data for planning purposes
|Assessment activity||Assessment criteria|
|You have been asked by the CEO to compile a report on ‘The developing|
role of HR within present day business’. Your report should include;
|An analysis of internal forces which can shape the HR agenda, you could include for example; structure/model of the HR function, HR strategies, strategic objectives and stakeholder expectations.||2.1|
|An assessment and summary of a range of different external factors impacting on an organisation’s performance and explain how they affect the HR function.||1.1|
|A table comparing two different environmental analytical tools e.g. SWOT, PESTLE, Porter’s 5 Force’s, etc.||2.2|
|A summary of the key stages of strategy formulation and implementation. You should refer to the role of HR in each of the stages summarised. You should also highlight HR’s role in; i) Business Ethics and ii) Accountability. You should reference all key models and literature used.||2.3, 2.4|
|A table or chart illustrating a range of ways business performance is measured in the organisation for different purposes. You should also highlight with examples, the role of HR in; i) Business Planning and ii) Change Management.||3.1|
|An assessment of how different sources of business/internal and contextual/external data should be considered and used when planning e.g. internal information within the organisation including HR metrics, industry information e.g. trends in HR, competitive information, government information.||3.2|
A report of 4000 words (+/- 10%)
Remember to relate academic concepts, theories and professional practice to the way organisations operate, in a critical and informed way, and with reference to key texts, articles and other publications and by using organisational examples for illustration. All reference sources should be acknowledged using Harvard-style referencing, and a bibliography provided where appropriate (these should be excluded from the word count).
* You could look outside your own organisation if you have difficulty applying both models*
shared service centres (self-service), business partners and centres of expertise
larger organisations, HR specialists to support the managers to deliver business strategy. What do these legs do? How can they help the business improve e.g. reduced repetition and operating costs?
e.g. payroll or expertise or training – shapes HR – cost/access to experts – problems with this?
nationalities and diversity/norms – impact HR policies.
growing/declining business – restructure – most cost effective way?
increase performance – ROI – HR – focus team and improve performance
*if you discuss BREXIT be specific*
– your organisation AND
– your HR function
You could produce a PESTLE analysis to provide a basis and support for this which should be placed in your appendices*
You MUST provide a discussion underneath your table demonstrating comparison of your chosen tools
Ethics : CIPD’s Code of conduct , Fair and transparent processes, confidentiality etc. (1-2 paragraphs)
Accountability: Monitor, Whistle blowing, Policies and discipline (1 – 2 paragraphs)
For example; ROI – measure training and development associated with increased sales revenue or how induction reduced turnover and therefore improved retention rates and reduced HR costs.
For example; what role does HR play? Look at the 7 steps and choose one level e.g. HR is involved at planning at level 4 e.g. HR strategy to implement corporate strategy – HRBP ensures that HR agenda mirrors business objectives
2.1: Analyse various internal forces which can shape the HR agenda
*HR Models; Ulrich, Michigan, Harvard – check the VLC*
1.1: Assess a range of different factors which impact on an organisation’s business and its HR function.
1.your organisation (1 paragraph per factor)
2.your HR function (1 paragraph per factor)
*You could produce a PESTLE to provide a basis for this and other criteria = appendix*
2.2 Compare two different tools for analysing the business environment.
2.3: Explain the key stages in strategy formulation and implementation and the role of HR
2.4: Examine HR’s contribution to business ethics and accountability
– Ethics : CIPD’s Code of conduct , Fair and transparent processes, confidentiality etc. (1-2 paragraphs)
– Accountability: Monitor, Whistle blowing, Policies and discipline (1-2 paragraphs)
3.1: Evaluate business performance and the role of HR in business planning and the change management agenda (part a)
1.how effective are these methods to evaluate the performance of the business? (1 paragraph per method)
2.What are they telling you about how the business is performing? (1 paragraph per method)
3.1 Evaluate business performance and the role of HR in business planning and the change management agenda (part b)
*this is a good place to include working examples*
3.2 Assess and utilise sources of business and contextual data for planning purposes.
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