Regardless of one’s role or position within an organisation, all managers must address human resource
management issues, often on a daily basis. In fact, line managers are usually tasked with the implementation
or adherence to human resource policy such as the enactment of family leave or skills development training.
Yet, most managers have very little experience and even less training with HR practices. While not a
comprehensive summary of all HRM and HRD theory, this elective module explores the significant theoretical
underpinnings loosely associated with human resource management that address organisational policies and
practices that can be implemented to effectively manage people at work. The module provides different ways
of understanding what influences behaviour in organizations (management and workers) and offers an
understanding of how to interpret what happens in your organization. The module is designed for students who
have little to no background with human resource management or development and/or do not work within
human resource functions. As such, it seeks to explain the role human resource management – specifically
the management of people, culture, and communication – within organisations and demonstrate its strategic
relevance for all managers from all aspects of the organisation. The module focusses on the interface
between managers and the enactment of HR policies and argues that care for the human capital is a form
leadership practice. Case studies are used to explore and critique the concepts.