202HRM: Contemporary Issues in HR Service Delivery

202HRM: Contemporary Issues in HR Service Delivery

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Distribution date 18th Jan 2016


Assignment Brief


You are the Director for HR in a large UK local government council with over 6000 employees. At the moment all HR functions are delivered internally and centrally located. The strategic model of the HR department has tended to favour a High Commitment HRM approach.


Due to government cuts, the Chief Executive Officer has asked you to consider the Council’s HR model. You have been asked to research into this and produce a report which demonstrates your consideration of the potential options. The report will provide recommendations for the Chief Executive Officer of the Council.


Your report needs to demonstrate an critical understanding of:


  • Strategic Models of HRM
  • Outsourcing of the HR function
  • The financial constraints operating within an organisation
  • What potential functions might be outsourced and the business justification and risks associated
  • Your recommendations to the CEO
  • The rational for this outcome.


NOTE: these are not a list of required topic sub-headings. You will though be expected to demonstrate throughout the report your understanding of these themed areas in constructing your report.


You are at liberty to determine the structure of your report. Your report can have sub-heading determined by you.


The report will be between 2000-2250 words.

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The report must have supporting references within the body which provide evidence of your research. You will be accessed on the level and range of the academic research you have undertaken. Your supporting references must be academic sources (i.e. academic books, academic journal articles, government reports, professional body publications).


Failure to demonstrate a review of academic literature will result in low marks for the literature review and also low marks for the analysis and discussion section, as that section is based on your review of academic literature.

Assess criteria (full details provided on Moodle)


  • Nature of the topic – 10%
  • Review of relevant literature – 30%
  • Analysis and Discussion – 35%
  • Conclusions and recommendations – 15%

Presentation – 10%

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