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How can HR make a strategic contribution to this organisation

Research Report (60% of the module mark)

The Chief Executive of your chosen organisation is reviewing the HR function. She/he wants to know what contemporary research says about the contribution HR makes to organisational success. You have been commissioned by the Chief Executive to write a report titled:

How can HR make a strategic contribution to this organisation?

Your brief is:

  • To select three contemporary HR issues (from the nine covered in the module);
  • To review recent research evidence and contemporary practice relating to these Issues;
  • To advise the Chief Executive on whether and how HR can make a strategic contribution to their organisation in relation to these Issues.

Note that you may argue for or against the idea that HR can make a strategic contribution. You are not required to make a case in favour of HR; whatever your stance, your argument must be informed by evidence. See the guidance below on the choice of organisation and the choice of issues for the Research Report.

Format

2,500 words, excluding title page and reference list.

Word processed. One-and-a-half spaced.

The font size should be 12.

Sections:

–           Cover page (from the SurreyLearn site)

–           Title page and contents (not included in the word count)

–           Assignment text (subheadings are permissible, but optional)

–           A reference list in Harvard style on a separate final page(s) (not included in the word count).

You may use or adapt the suggested subheadings below, or you may choose your own structure for the report.

Suggested structure:

Section            Words (approx.)          Notes

Cover page      n/a       IE the standard Cover page for all assignment son your degree

Title page        n/a       With contents list (optional)

Introduction    500      Set out your choice of organisation and three HR issues in the light of the organisation you have chosen

HR Issue 1:     500      Critical review of research evidence and contemporary practice

HR Issue 2      500      Critical review of research evidence and contemporary practice

HR Issue 3      500      Critical review of research evidence and contemporary practice

Recommendations      500      Your research-based advice for the Chief Executive

References      n/a       In Harvard style

2500

–           Text in any headings, diagrams, figures, tables, footnotes and endnotes does count for word count purposes.

–           Suggested word lengths for sections are advisory.

–           Please do not include any appendices. In any case, any material surplus to the maximum word count will not be marked.