Strategic Human Resource Management
Reflective essay on learning experiences during session.
Critically rethink the future of strategic human resource management practice.
Task one 20%: Describe how your understanding of HRM has changed throughout the session
Succinct and considered reflection on learning. Demonstrated ongoing engagement in subject, group
work, and/or required readings.
Information help in reflective writing:
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoI67VeE3ds
Watch the video above to learn more about what reflective writing involves.
The specific way you approach this will depend on your personal experiences, but some questions you
may want to ask yourself include: Did you go into this subject expecting something but encountered
something else? Was there a particular lecture, activity, reading or moment in this subject that
was particularly memorable and changed the way you thought about HRM? Was there a topic or moment
that elicited a strongly negative response in you and why do you think it did that?
Then look towards the future and ask yourself: What changes, no matter how minor, have you made or
will you make to your professional practice as a result of your learning experience?
Lecture slides information :
Week 1 Introduction to strategic human resource management
Week 2 Cultivating Organisation Cultures
Week 3 Recruiting and staffing
Week 4 Training and developing
Week 5 Analysing SHRM cases
Week 7 Performance Management and Feedbacks
Week 8 Employee separation and Retention
Week 9 Social Justice and SHRM
Week 10 Design your career
(I will upload all the lecture slides )
Western, S. (2013). Leadership and organizational culture. In Leadership: A Critical Text (pp.
107?119), Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Alvesson, M., & Willmott, H. (2002). Identity regulation as organizational control: Producing the
appropriate individual. Journal of Management Studies, 39(5), 619?644.
Rivera, L. A. (2012). Hiring as cultural matching the case of elite professional service firms.
American Sociological Review, 77(6), 999?1022.
Zanoni, P., Janssens, M., Benschop, Y., & Nkomo, S. (2010). Unpacking diversity, grasping
inequality: Rethinking difference through critical perspectives. Organization, 17(1), 9?29.
(I will upload the pdf file of each readings )
We talked about strategic human resources
approach for the company Google
( I will upload the power point presentation)
ATTENTION to TASK ONE:
A succinct articulation of how your knowledge has extended, deepened and/or transformed in this
A reflection on how your skills have been enhanced.
Evidence of engagement with the subject (with references to specific topics, readings and/or
(IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE THEORIES FROM THE LECTURE SLIDES, for the group work presentation we got bad
marks because we didn’t include theories to support the statement)
A moment that stuck with me was in the lecture about culture where Helena suggested it was ?the
water in which we swim? and not something that we build. This struck a chord with me because up
until that time I considered culture to be one that management could significantly develop into
whatever they wanted. ?
For example 2:
I have had to evaluate different organisational cultures from the ?outsider? perspective before,
but once I finally got ?in? [to a new role], my approach to understanding culture had to change. I
realised that it is something that will be revealed and developed though my presence. Further, how
the key values espoused by an organisation are lived out cannot be simply described but must be
observed. I think this reframing of culture in my mind will benefit me in the future as I seek to
adapt to new work environments. It will allow me to consider a deeper approach?
? such as to what extent I share the values or agree with the norms of the organisation.
(APPLY THE KNOWLEDGE AND RELATE BACK TO THE LECTURE AND REQUIRED READINGS OR GROUP WORK)
It is not:
A description of what this subject is about and what you did for it e.g., ?we had a reading pack of
journal articles that were really hard, but the weekly group presentations were a good way to
summarise our learning?.
A testimonial for me (as much as I appreciate it!) e.g., ?Helena?s explanation of key concepts were
Task two 80%: Critically evaluate the limitations of existing human resource practices?
Rethink the future of strategic human resource management practice.
Fundamental to your piece ought to be a sophisticated engagement with social justice.
(AN LIMITATION AND SOLUTION, RECOMMANDATIONS. OWN EXPERIENCES)
Part 1 : Critical evaluation of SHRM limitations (25%)
Great depth of analysis, identifying incisive limitations of contemporary SHRM practice supported
(DIVERSITY IN ORGANISATION SHOULD BE INCLUSIVE EG, HOW DO WE PROMOTE INCLUSIVENESS)
Part 2 : SHRM vision (25%
Thoughtful and creative articulation of the future of SHRM practice. Vision resonates with the
weaknesses identified in the response.
(LIMITATION OF CONTEM PORARY SHRM)
Part 3 Engagement with ethics and social sustainability (20%)
Sophisticated articulation of how one?s original SHRM vision relates to issues of social justice.
Demonstrates deep understanding of more contemporary approaches to ethics and social
sustainability, such as social constructionist theories of identity.
(WHAT WOULD HR PRACTICES BEST SUIT IN THE FUTURE)
A critical analysis of existing practices of your choice. More conservative examples may include
the lack of validity in recruitment processes or poor training in performance appraisals and
feedback. More radical examples may include mismanagement of diversities or the need to rethink age
and generational differences.
Compelling articulation of your vision as a scholar and practitioner for the future of HRM.
Showcase of advanced mastery of concepts and theories of the topic(s) of your choice.
(EG IMPROVING VALIDITY IN THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS)
It is not:
A repeat of what you wrote for the individual assignment. You?re giving a recommendation to the
human resources industry, not just one company.
Unsubstantiated opinion with no engagement or reference to theory.
A generic summary of what you learnt in another subject.
I identify as a first generation Australian-Arab, Muslim woman who has experienced both sides of
privilege and marginalization. My privilege comes from being born and raised in Australia,
experiencing ? access to quality resources such as health, education and work. ? Experiencing the
rich diversity of cultures and value systems is also a unique privilege of belonging to this
society.?Being a veiled Muslim woman forms a large part of my identity, but I am conscious of the
many unique experiences and other facets of my being that define me. My intersectional identities
have meant I have learnt face and overcome racism, patriarchy and Islamophobia in daily life.?These
barriers exist at a social, educational and professional level.
The presence of privilege and oppression in organisations means there is an inherent imbalance of
power within the system. This may be systemic to wider society, or specific to within the
organisation. In both cases, members of the organisation will not experience truly fair
consideration for their value in their work, rather reward for attributes favoured by positions of
power.?HR managers are responsible for engineering just policies that ensure the interests of
organisations and their members; they should also facilitate greater representation of marginalized
groups. In my view, a way to counter the imbalance of power in HR systems would be to ensure fair
representation of all groups in the organisation and their interests. I would also encourage
ongoing dialogue between minority groups and upper management as a means of propelling change and
creating systems of inclusion.
WEEK10 ACTIVITY TO HELP WITH TASK 2
Treat your response to Week 10?s online activity is a springboard for your response to the final
This grounds your vision for future SHRM practice within your own values, beliefs and assumptions,
which the exercise helped you to identify.
The exercise also prompted you to reflect on the role of power dynamics in organisations and
society and your position within its intersecting axes.
YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGJ_td3ZUIU
Task: Watch the two videos above to learn more about how privilege and oppression, through an
intersectional perspective, intertwine with each other. The specific way you approach this will
depend on your personal experiences. However, you may start by asking yourself the following
Thinking about your intersectional identities, how do you experience privilege and/or oppression
What implications may privilege and oppression have on the lives of organisational members?
What is the role of human resource managers in maintaining or challenging the status quo?
Looking towards the future, what changes, no matter how minor, could human resource managers make
to achieve social justice and dismantle power systems embedded within corporate organisations? e)
As a human resource manager, what changes might you make to disrupt the ways power informs HRM
Take advantage of the time to assemble notes and catch up on reading.
Conduct additional research on areas of future practice, e.g., Neo-Marxist theories.