Subject Code & Title: BUSM4589 Professional Human Resource Management Practices
Assessment type: Essay
Word limit: 2,000 (+/- 10%)
Overview: In this assessment task, students are required to reflect on and discuss Deming’s observations on performance management. The student will analyse and synthesise relevant academic literature to support their argument.
BUSM4589 Professional Human Resource Management Practices Assignment 2 – RMIT University Australia.
CLO 1 Compare international HR professional standards, and assess their application to an organisation drawing in theoretical constructs.
CLO 2 Analyse and interpret the external and internal context in which HR professionals operate, and the impact on practice.
CLO 4 Reflect and critique your developing professional practice.
Context ‘The merit rating nourishes short-term performance, annihilates long-term planning, builds fear, demolishes teamwork, [and] nourishes rivalry and politics. It leaves people bitter, crushed, bruised, battered, desolate, despondent, dejected, feeling inferior, some even depressed, unfit for work for weeks after receipt of rating, unable to comprehend why they are inferior. It is unfair, as it ascribes to the people in a group differences that may be caused totally by the system that they work in.’
− Key issues have been developed.
− Analysis and synthesis of relevant academic literature used (12 academic references minimum).
− Ideas and assertions substantiated through use of high-quality reference material and key academic
− perspectives/views have been used.
− The avoidance of opinions or arguments that are not substantiated by academic references.
− Clear and comprehensive written style (spelling, grammar, syntax).
The Essay Question to address:
From your research to what degree are Deming’s observations contained in the quotation about performance management still true? How have some of these adverse outcomes been addressed in contemporary organisations? What HRM skills might be employed to avoid them?