Assessment Information/Brief 2020-21
HRM&D in a Global Context (Group A)
53125, 53127, 53129, 53136, 53138, 55070 Also at partners: RKC, CIPM, Pentecost, Ghana
Assessment 1: e.portfolio
Weighting within module
This assessment is worth 50% of the overall module mark.
Submission deadline date and time
By 4pm, Friday 25 June 2021 (Partners to amend if necessary)
Module Leader/Assessment set by
Dr Kathy Hartley [email protected]
How to submit
You should submit your assessment within the ASSESSMENT 1 (e.portfolio) FINAL SUBMISSION FOLDER WITHIN THE BLACKBOARD SITE
Assessment task details and instructions
Firstly, locate and listen to the BBC In Business podcast, ‘Companies without Managers’: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b066zvyh
Then, select one of the companies discussed in the podcast to focus your assessment answer on:
‘Morning Star’, Tomato Plant, California, USA ‘Buurtzog’, Community Nursing team, Holland ‘Matt Black Systems, Engineering company, Poole, UK
You should look at these companies’ websites and do some research on them, before compiling an answer within a Word Document that addresses the following 4 points.
Evaluate how the organisation you have selected compares in organisational design terms (structure, way of organising work) with traditional and more contemporary academic theories and ideas (of organisational design) [25 marks]
Discuss the potential strengths and weaknesses of this form of organisation and design [25 marks] Analyse how culture operates and potentially contributes to the success of your selected organisation [25 marks]
Discuss your view (submitted the literature) of Peter Day’s statement at the end of the podcast that: ‘most of us are probably imprinted with the idea of hierarchies, and departments, and being told what to do, and without them many of us may well get lost.’
You must cite the academic sources you refer to within your answer and also include a correctly formatted reference list at the end of your answer.
Students are responsible for being aware of the academic misconduct policy. See the links to the policy and study skills guidance in the ‘Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct’ later in this document.
We will discuss the podcast and these questions within the smaller group sessions (you will all be allocated to one of these) which will be held face to face/online on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Knowledge and Understanding
Practical, Professional or Subject Specific Skills
Assessed intended learning outcomes On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
Evaluate, critique and discuss the variety of cultural norms, behaviours and paradigms in organisation design and development and their value and contribution to organisational life from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Apply theoretical ideas to help solve problems around organisational design and development including the reference to the way that processes and systems maintain those structures. Understand and critically evaluate the methods and procedures of organisational development which support organisational design and realignment strategies. Review research and critically evaluate major debates related to HRM and HRD in organisations in a national and global context including the way that organisational HRM and HRD strategies are shaped by and developed in response to internal and external environmental factors by a variety of factors including through government policy. With reference to demographic, social and technological trends, demonstrate a sound understanding of globalised HRM and HRD policy and practice and the issues facing international HR managers in a global business environment including the critical evaluation of how organisational leaders and the HR function respond to these pressures. Work independently and with others in analysing and presenting solutions to organisational design and development problems; Communicate effectively through a variety of media to different audiences. Evaluate, critique and present research findings.
Evaluate the changing contexts of organisations in a global context. Review complex decision-making processes regarding organisational design and structure. Equip students with the necessary skills to apply theoretical concepts around organisation design and development in practical situations. Analyse critically debates around the convergence or divergence of HR policy and practice in a global context. Prepare students for the roles of HR manager in an international context
Word count/ duration (if applicable)
Your assessment should be 3,000 words (+/- 10%)
Note, the reference list is not included in the word count.
You can expect to receive feedback by: 4pm, Friday 16 July 2021
You can obtain support for this assessment by: Attending the online and (any) face-to-face face sessions Contacting the Module Leader or team members if you require an additional consultation.
Good Academic Conduct and Academic Misconduct
The University offers a range of support services for students through askUS.
Students are expected to learn and demonstrate skills associated with good academic conduct (academic integrity). Good academic conduct includes the use of clear and correct referencing of source materials.
Here is a link to where you can find out more about the skills which students need: https://www.salford.ac.uk/library/skills-for-learning.
Academic Misconduct is an action which may give you an unfair advantage in your academic work. This includes plagiarism, asking someone else to write your assessment for you or taking notes into an exam. The University takes all forms of academic misconduct seriously. You can find out how to avoid academic misconduct here.
Assessment Information Personal Mitigating Circumstances
Personal Tutor/Student Progression Administrator
If you have any questions about assessment rules, you can find further information in Blackboard in the Assessment Support module site area.
If personal mitigating circumstances may have affected your ability to complete this assessment, you can find more information about personal mitigating circumstances procedure here.
If you have any concerns about your studies, contact your Student Progression Administrator via: [email protected]
You should look at the rubric supplied with the assessment brief to find out what we are specifically looking at during the assessment, and the marking criteria.
In Year Retrieval Scheme
Your assessment is not eligible for in year retrieval.
If you fail your assessment, or have an accepted PMC for non-submission
You will be contacted by the PG admin team with details of re-submission. This will not be until after the results for the module have been presented and approved at a module board. This is usually around 6-8 weeks after your submission date.