Despite the criticality of dynamic capabilities for organisational sustainability, the emphasis on the short-term interests of investors hinders commitment to investing in human resources. Instead, some theorists advocate a differentiation approach inspired by HR architecture theory and responses to the war for talent. Discuss why some theorists advocate differentiation and evaluate differentiations consequences for an organisations dynamic capabilities.
There is a wide body of academic literature on this topic and you are expected to use your critical analysis capabilities to construct a response that relies on scholarly evidence (recommended articles are listed below).
This is a level 3 capstone unit and you need to be ready for Post Graduate study in the future so we have clear standards for your performance in the final essay of the HR degree. Refer to the marking criteria for guidance and make yourself familiar with WSU academic misconduct rules. Essay coaching sessions with the unit coordinator will be available.
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Essays that only use one or two sources that are poorly paraphrased or re-written to
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Through completion of this assessment, students will learn how to:
Research relevant theory;
Provide a critical perspective of the literature on a topic; and Construct a sustained argument in response to the question.
The 1500 word limit must be adhered to within the acceptable range of + or – 10 per cent. It does not include additional words found in cover sheets, reference lists or appendices. All essays must cite at least six academic sources.
Assignments should be in Arial, 11 font, double line-spacing with appropriate margins. A Microsoft Word template that includes the oicial assignment coversheet will be available on vUWS.
You must distinguish clearly between your own words and analysis and those of your sources. You must do this by providing appropriate citations, preferably using the Harvard method. Failure to provide appropriate citations is plagiarism. See WSU academic misconduct policy. Your list of references should include only material cited in the paper.
This is an individual assessment task; if a submitted essay is assessed as not being the
work of a single author then academic misconduct rules apply.
To assist you with understanding the questions implications and constructing your argument, we recommend the following articles:
Hansen, N, Gttel, W & Swart, J 2019, HRM in dynamic environments: Exploitative, exploratory, and ambidextrous HR architectures, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Volume 30, Number 4, pp648-679.
Luo, B.N., Sun, T., Lin, C., Luo, D., Qin, G. and Pan, J. (2020), The human resource architecture model: A twenty-year review and future research directions, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp.241-278.
Marescaux, E, De Winne, S and Sels, L 2013,HR practices and affective organisational commitment: (when) does HR differentiation pay off?, Human Resource Management Journal, Vol. 23, No.4, pp329-345.
Marescaux, E, De Winne, S and Brebels, L 2021, Putting the pieces together: A review of HR differentiation literature and a multilevelmodel, Journal of Management, Vol. 47, No. 6, pp.1564 – 1595.
Schmidt J, Pohler D and Willness, C 2018, Strategic HR system differentiation between jobs: The effects on firm performance and employee outcomes, Human Resource Management; Vol 57, pp.65-81.
Sparrow, P 2019, A historial analysis of critiques in the talent management debate, Business Research Quarterly, Vol. 22, pp.160 – 170.
Thompson, P. (2013), Financialization and the workplace: extending and applying the disconnected capitalism thesis, Work, Employment and Society, 27(3): 472 – 488.