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HRM and the Future of Work (is Now)

Module description

Several trends with long-lasting impact on business and society have been identified, that significantly influence the jobs and skills landscape and how organisations operate (see in particular: UKCES, 2014; Bakhshi et al., 2017). These include: technological advancement, social and cultural shifts in society including demographic change and growing diversity, globalization and resources and the environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated some trends which resulted in rapid digital transformation of organisations and the widespread implementation of flexible, remote working. What are implications for HRM as, for example, organisations recruit employees for jobs that require constantly evolving skill sets?

Full module specification

Module title:HRM and the Future of Work (is Now)
Module code:MBAM958
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Ilke Inceoglu - Convenor
Module credit:10
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 3:

4 days

Module aims

The overall aim of the module is to be able to apply a strategic view of HRM in the light of Future of Work trends.

To understand the application of HRM practice, based on the latest evidence, to specific stages that employees move through in an organisation.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. analyse the impact of Future of Work trends on HRM practices by considering societal changes that influence organisations and individuals
  • 2. critically evaluate the implications of Future of Work trends for strategic HRM

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. demonstrate understanding of key principles and frameworks in HR practices and processes
  • 4. demonstrate understanding of Future of Work trends and impact on work and organisations
  • 5. critically evaluate evidence, concepts and theoretical approaches that are important for strategic HRM in the context of Future of Work trends

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. present and defend strategic analyses in multiple forms (written, verbal, digital) based on case material, desk based and empirical research;
  • 7. give and receive feedback at all levels, building confidence and developing trust that enables Self and others to take more assertive actions;
  • 8. work effectively in multi-cultural groups to research, explore and prepare a persuasive and carefully considered argument against an assignment or client brief;
  • 9. improve personal effectiveness through consciously and diligently developing own communication skills.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities28Lectures & facilitated group discussions
Guided independent study72Reading, research, group work, writing

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Debates and self assessed case studiesIn class1,5,8,9Verbal in class
Individual essay (must be submitted: pass/fail for submission)800-1000 words1-6Written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual report802000 words1-6Written feedback
Presentation to panel2010 minutes1,5,7,8,9Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Individual report 80% 2000 wordsIndividul report 80% 2000 words1-6Within 6 weeks of final APAC
Video presentation to panel (10 minutes)Video presentation that can be viewed by panel (10 minutes) 20%1,5,7,8,9Within 6 weeks of final APAC

Re-assessment notes

The re-assessment of each assessment component will take the form of an improved version of the respective individual assignment (with the previous topic of the essay).

Syllabus plan

At the core of this module will be (a) a strategic and leadership focused view on HRM, (b) key frameworks and consideration of the latest evidence base of HR practice. We will discuss how Future of Work trends impact HR practices and leadership such as: the role of technology and digital transformation, operating in an international context, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, remote working, the impact of COVID-19.

We will use a structure that considers the key stages that employees move through in an organization, including recruitment, selection and assessment, performance measurement and management, work engagement and transition. From a strategic point of view, we will connect these key stages by considering the impact of FoW developments. We will discuss cases and have experts provide an insight into the latest approaches in HR practice.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:


  • Bartram, D. (2005). The Great Eight competencies: a criterion-centric approach to validation. Journal of Applied Psychology90(6), 1185.
  • CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, 2019). Building inclusive workplaces: Assessing the evidence.
  • Deloitte. (2017). Redesigning performance management | Deloitte Insights. Retrieved from
  • Minbaeva, D. B. (2018). Building credible human capital analytics for organizational competitive advantage. Human Resource Management, 57(3), 701–713.
  • Marr, B. (2020) How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Fast-Tracking Digital Transformation in Companies, Forbes
  • Parker, S. K., & Grote, G. (2019). Automation, algorithms, and beyond: Why work design matters more than ever in a digital world. Applied Psychology: An International Review.
  • PwC (2020) Workforce of the future: The competing forces shaping 2030.
  • Rousseau, D. M. (2006). Is there such a thing as “evidence-based management”?. Academy of Management Review31(2), 256-269.
  • Servoz, M. (2019). The future of work? Work of the futureOn how artificial intelligence, robotics and automation are transforming jobs and the economy in Europe. In AI report44, 10-2307.
  • van der Togt, J., & Rasmussen, T. H. (2017). Toward evidence-based HR. Journal of Organizational Effectiveness, 4(2), 127–132.
  • World Economic Forum (2018) The Future of Jobs Report. Insight Report. Centre for the New Economy and Society

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Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Atalay, Enghin, et al. "The evolution of work in the United States." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 12.2 (2020): 1-34.

Becker, B. E., & Huselid, M. A. (2010). SHRM and job design: Narrowing the divide. Journal of organizational Behavior31(2/3), 379-388.

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