MSc International Human Resource Management and Comparative Industrial Relations

Year of entry: 2022

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Course unit details:
HRM: Context and Organisation

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN71242
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


The unit covers a range of issues in relation to the context of HRM such as questions of organisational structure, organisational culture, corporate social responsibility, technology, the psychological contract and flexibility, financialisation/marketization, technology and change, organisational change, learning and development, and changing forms of leadership. It focuses on the changing nature of HRM in relation to the ongoing changes in the external and internal context or organisations. 


BMAN71242 Programme Req: BMAN71242 is only available as a core unit to students on MSc HRM & IR, and as an elective to students on MSc IHRM & CIR. The course is compulsory for MSc IHRM students who are pursuing CIPD.


The unit aims to give students an understanding and awareness of theoretical debate on major HR issues, and HR context and organisation especially in the British context. It also explores different aspects of organisational context such as the ethical, training, and others in influencing the development of HRM. It also aims to explain the ways in which issues related to HRM have been studied and researched through cases and academic projects.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the unit students should be able to:

  • Identify benefits and pitfalls of different aspects of HRM in relation to context
  • Explain the role of HRM in the organisational context 
  • Assess the likely impact of HR policies
  • Provide advice on the application of different HR practices in the context of employing organisations
  • Practice the skills of data collection and presentation through team working and presentations
  • Be familiar with how the subject of HRM in terms of how its context and organisational environment has been studied and researched in qualitative and quantitative terms

Assessment methods

Essay assignment (approx 3000 words) (100%)

Feedback methods

Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.

Written comments on assessed coursework.

Recommended reading

Buchanan, D. and Huczynski, A (2014) Organisational Behaviour: An Introductory Text, 8th edition, London, Prentice Hall (there are various editions).

Clegg, S. Kornberger, M and T, Pitsis (2015) Managing and Organisations, London, Sage

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Seminars 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 126

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Miguel Martinez Lucio Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Informal Contact Method

Office hours

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