Group Assignment: HR Insight (due Nov. 27 2013)
O BJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
• To see how human resource management is practiced in companies today through
meeting with members of an HR department.
• To hone your research skills.
• To think critically about HR practices and to use theory and research to evaluate
C OMPONENTS OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The major focus of this report is to describe three HR functions of a company and to
critically evaluate whether those functions are suited to the business of the company (i.e.,
do they fit with the strategy and environment of the company).
This should be a one page summary of everything that is discussed in the paper. The
purpose of this section is to provide the reader with an overview of the entire report. So,
you should provide a brief introduction to the company, an outline of the three HR
functions that were analyzed, and a summary of the general conclusions that you made.
This section should provide the contextual information about the company. Thus, you
should describe the general business of the company, the industry in which it is set, its
size, and geographical location. The company’s strategy and the relevant factors in its
external and internal environment should be identified. The discussion of these three
factors should be set up so that you can refer to them when assessing the appropriateness
of the HR functions (e.g., you might suggest that a particular HR function is appropriate
given its use of the prospector strategy and the rapidly changing external environment).
There are many HR functions that could be analyzed in an organization (e.g., training,
selection & recruitment, performance management, diversity, compensation). You
should describe and critically analyze 3 functions of HR within an organization.
Description of HR function
You should identify, and where necessary, explain the relevant characteristics of a
particular HR function. This section should describe the nature of the HR function, its
structure, and objectives. You will need to document how you know that this information
is accurate. You might learn about the HR function through interviews with the HR
department, or with the employees of the company. You might have internal documents
from the company that describe the details of the HR tactics that are used. You might
conduct your own survey to discover whether the HR practices are effective. All of this
information should be cited appropriately. Analysis of HR function
In this section you should discuss how effectively the HR function contributes to the
organization. Is it aligned with the organization’s strategy? Is it aligned with the
organization’s internal environment (e.g., its managerial philosophy, its culture)? Is the
HR tactic appropriate given the industry and the organization’s external environment?
You will need evidence to support your analysis. The evidence might include company