Iscuss the applicability of human resource management practices implementation in small and medium sized organizations

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Please follow these SPECIFICinstructions with this essay/project(please note i have chosen topic three for this essay as supplied for the paper topic):

Individual Assignment
(Topic analysis  14%)


The individual research assignment will contribute 14 per cent of the assessment for the course. It will be in the form of written project and should be typed or word-processes; it should comprise no less than 10 pages. Guidelines and hints on performing such an essay will follow.


The purpose of this project is to widen the knowledge of students concerning the field of Human Resource Management. The project provides students with the opportunity to acquire the analytical skills in understanding the theory and the practice of managerial and human resource management concepts, and be aware of the positive and negative implications of their effective decisions.


Individual students will choose a topic from a list provided by Dr Hesham (see below) and to be submitted as indicated in your class schedule. Other topics of interest may be substituted for those listed subject to prior approval of the instructor.

Topics to choose

1. Using an issue or problem relating to the management of people in your organization analyze using theory to suggest outcomes to the solution, with recommendation to resolve the issue

2. An understanding of human resource management as a potential strategic contributor to high performance requires an appreciation of the distinctions between personnel and human resource management. Discuss

3. Discuss the applicability of human resource management practices implementation in small and medium sized organizations

4. An understanding of human resource management as a potential strategic contributor to organizational performance, discuss in details with illustrative examples

5. Discuss human resource management in the Gulf region with focus on Saudi Arabia with illustrative examples

6. Some critics claim that corporate HR departments have outlived their usefulness and are not there to help employees, but to keep the organization from legal problems. Discuss

7. Women s salaries still lag behind men s and even with equal opportunity laws and regulations women are paid about 76 percent of what men are paid. Discuss this statement in details and how would you design a compensation system that would address this issue.

Information included in the topic analysis may be obtained from relevant chapters in the text, academic journals in management, management books and current business magazines. A written paper is required for the topic analysis.

Essay writing involves effective communication on paper, which is an important skill in itself. The following provides pointers for essay writing.

The starting point lies in careful preparation: reading widely, drawing on knowledge from the textbook and other sources (Journals& .), becoming familiar with the major debates or viewpoints, gathering evidence, and organizing these building blocks in the form of an essay plan. Finding the best way to fit together all the elements of your answer is intellectually demanding but a good outline plan makes the actual writing much easier. How should you go about this task?

The introduction is one of the most important parts of your essay and should be written carefully. Use this opportunity at the beginning of your essay to address the question. This is the place where you can set out what you are going to look at in the essay; you can identify and define any terms and significant issues, and say how you propose to examine them. This has two effects: it compels you to disciple yourself and address the question in a relevant fashion; it also shows the reader that you are in control of the subject, and that your essay is not just going to meander aimlessly until it has filled a respectable number of pages. The essay should not be a magical mystery tour.

In the main body of the essay, you should unfold the main arguments in a coherent sequence, bringing relevant evidence to bear on the points you are making. You should also consider what you might be able to add to the set of issues under discussion.

Finally, there is the conclusion. Here you draw together the main elements of the essay in a summary fashion; starting the conclusion (if any) you have reached. These points may help:

” Do not include any new information or ideas at this stage
” Summaries briefly the main content of the essay
” Give your own opinion.

With regard to the references and citation: The reader will be looking for evidence that you have actively read round the subject and not just relied on lecture notes, so there should be named references in the text to the major contributors to a debate or the authors of significant pieces of research that provide evidence to back up the argument that you are making. Try to avoid phrases like  some writers have said& . , or has been shown that&  ; the reader will want to know which writers said it or have shown it. Conversely avoid giving instructions such as  (see Storey)  tell the reader what Storey said. It is therefore crucial that you get used to using standard academic practices of citation in your work. The simplest method is to use the so-called Harvard system in which the author and date of publication are given in the text, for example (Noon and Blyton, 1997). You can also introduce the work of an author in the text of your essay, thus  In  The Realities of Work , Noon and Blyton give an example of&  , or simply  Noon and Blyton (1997) refer to& . . The full details of the works you are referring to should be given in a complete bibliography, in alphabetical order, at the end of your essay. Articles are usually given in quotation marks, titles of books and journals are in italics or underlined. Thus:

Legge, K. (1995) Human Resource Management: Rhetorics and Realities, London, Macmillan.

Baldry C, Bain P and Taylor P (1997)  Sick and Tired? Working in the Modern Office , Work Employment and Society Vol. 11 No. 2.

Direct quotations should be used sparingly and only when the author has said something in a memorable or concise way that you could not improve on. Again, such quotations should be fully attributed.

While there is no single blueprint for the ideal essay, the following guidelines should be helpful.

” The essay should answer the question set, in your own words (that is, without plagiarizing anybody else), and employ accurate grammar. Spelling and syntax.
” The answer should be well structured, informed and reveal a clear understanding of the topic.
” The literature on which the essay is based should be acknowledged, references cited, and a bibliography provided which is adequate in range and accurate in detail.
” Do not make-unsubstantiated statements; back them up with theoretical or practical evidence.
” Credit will be given for answers which adopt a critical or original approach to the questions and which are written with clarity and fluency.