Postgraduate Course: HR Issues in Outsourcing (CMSE11283)
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explores the evolutionary change HR as a profession is experiencing, gives an envisioned future, and shows how to transform once and for all (HR services) into a strategic role that adds value and delivers results.
The objectives of this course are as follows:
1. Introduce what is HRO and provide vital background information.
2. Understand the various components that must be considered when evaluating the outsourcing proposition.
3. Lay the groundwork for the decisions needed in building a complete outsourcing program.
4. Comprehend the effects of outsourcing on people and resultant culture change process.
5. Shed light on different aspects involved in the designing the business processes, defining the deployment approach and build the HR operating model.
6. Recognize the metrics to be used to assess the effectiveness of the outsourcing effort.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 3,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Preparatory Reading 40hrs, Case Study 40hrs, Exam Preparation 25hrs, Research 25hrs
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework - 40% [LO 2, 3, 4]
Written Exam - 60% [LO 1, 3, 4]
||Feedback on formative assessed work will be provided within 15 working days of submission, or in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course, whichever is sooner. Summative marks will be returned on a published timetable, which has been made clear to students at the start of the academic year.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||HR Issues in Outsourcing (CMSE11283) ||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A secure knowledge and understanding of the various debates surrounding the outsourcing phenomenon.
- Appreciate the market and industry forces reshaping the modern corporate human resources organisation and the importance of an integrated sourcing approach.
- Provide guidance on how to think about the what, why and why not of outsourcing.
- Recognise the threshold question for evaluating the business rationale for outsourcing.
|Lawler III, E. E., Ulrich, D., Fitz-Enz, J., & James Madden, V. (2004). Human resources business process outsourcing: Transforming how HR gets its work done. John Wiley & Sons.|
Beaman, K. V. (Ed.). (2004). Out of Site: An Inside Look at HR Outsourcing. Rector-Duncan.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Knowledge and Understanding:
By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to:
-A secure knowledge and understanding of the various debates surrounding the outsourcing phenomenon.
-Appreciate the market and industry forces reshaping the modern corporate human resources organisation and the importance of an integrated sourcing approach.
-Provide guidance on how to think about the what, why and why not of outsourcing.
-Recognise the threshold question for evaluating the business rationale for outsourcing.
By the end of the course students will have developed or enhanced:
-A broad range of additional considerations (factual and theoretical) with counter arguments for and against outsourcing including the role and impact of outsourcing on HR activities.
-Be able to review and evaluate in written work critical competence and confidence to challenge contrary viewpoints.
On completion of the assessed course work, students should have enhanced their ability to:
-Understand the reasons why organisations change the structure and location of HR service provision by analysing the changing context of HR outsourcing.
-Critically evaluate different models of HR service delivery available to contemporary organisations.
-Critically discuss the reasons for measuring the impact of HR outsourcing and the measurement indicators used.
-Understand the facts, complexities and the future of HR outsourcing within Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America
On completion of the course students should:
-Be able to competently communicate and exchange ideas in both large and small group settings;
-Be able to critically evaluate evidence and present a balanced argument;
-Be able to plan, organise and prioritise work effectively.
|Course organiser||Dr Yumeng Yue
Tel: (0131 6)50 3809
|Course secretary||Miss Carrie Innes
Tel: (0131 6)51 3757