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1) Understand the key contemporary business issues and main external factors affecting different organisations and the impact on HR.

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources

 

Learning Outcome 1) Understand the key contemporary business issues and main external factors affecting different organisations and the impact on HR.

Assessment Criteria

1.1 Assess a range of different factors which impact on an organisation’s business and its HR function.

 

Learning Outcome 2) Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed.

Assessment Criteria

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.

2.3 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.

 

Learning Outcome 3) Know how to identify and respond to changes in the business environment.

Assessment Criteria

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.

 


 

TASK:

You have been asked by your CIPD Branch to lead a discussion at one of its events on ‘The evolving role of HR in the contemporary business world’. You have been asked to produce a paper for inclusion in the delegate pack. In your paper, you should include the following:

  • Evidence to be produced/required
  • You should 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.

 

Question 1: An analysis of some of the key forces which shape the HR agenda e.g. models of the HR function, HR strategies, insights and solutions to support business performance, business ethics and accountability.

My note: (650 words) could be: Globalization – Technology – Regulations - Cultural Diversity

 

Question 2: Compare at least three different tools for analysing the business environment.

My note: could be PESTLE - Porter Five Forces – SWOT (Compare in General – explain each and what they do) (600 words)

 

Question 3: Assess at least four different factors which impact on an organisation’s business and its HR function. You should include examples of external and internal factors to illustrate the different types of impact.

My note: (application of theory) pick from SOWT or PESTL (Include business example) – (don’t repeat any external from Q1) (600 words)

 

Question 4: Summarise the key stages in strategy formulation and implementation with reference to a model from the literature. You should also refer to the role of HR in each of the stages and in particular, highlight HR’s contribution to business ethics and accountability.

My note: need to show understanding of what strategy is, how it develops and what HR role in its development and why ethics is relevant. (600 words)

 

Question 5: Give some examples of how business performance can be evaluated, making reference to at least three types of indicators. You should make particular reference to the role of HR in business planning and change management with some examples to illustrate HR’s key role.

My note: how performance is evaluated, ensure referring back to change and explaining HR role in the process (600 words) - (see comment in 49 mins)

 

Question 6: Explain how at least four different sources of business and contextual data can be assessed and utilised for planning purposes.

My note: what business data needed how to get it and how to use it - could be HR System – Finance System – Gov. Statistics (600 words)

 


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