Subject Human Resource Management Topic Human resource management current issues
Level : Bachelor
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The primary objective of this paper is to do “research” in a specific area of Human Resource
Management (HRM). Such research requires the formation of a “research question” with a
narrow focus to facilitate in-depth exploration and often entails a blend of field and literary
research. You can elect to do “primarily field” or “literary research”. Some suggested topics
are below, but you are encouraged to find one which excites your intellect and/or is relevant to
your future business career.
FIELD RESEARCH – requires contacting a company or companies, identifying their current HR
policy issues or HR concerns, selecting only one, developing a list of interview questions
based on a brief review of research in that HR area, and then conducting an interview to
explore the matter in depth. It is NOT merely a report of the conversational narrative of the
interview. It is a thorough critique with recommendation for improvement.
- Critique a current HR policy or issue in a specific company and make recommendations
for improvement. Examples of policies are: recruiting, hiring, orientation, training,
succession planning, career planning, team development, performance review, equal
employment opportunity, pay incentives, a specific type of employee benefit or perk,
corrective/disciplinary action, OSHA compliance, and safety recognition.
- Describe a current HR strategy in a specific company and how it enhances their
competitive advantage in business. Discuss strengths and weaknesses of the strategy.
Examples are: HR employment planning, performance management system,
organization design/development, compensation planning, quality of work life (QWL),
promotion of diversity, and team building.
- Interview a HR Manager in a specific company and identify the major issues facing
him/her and how they plan to address them. Generally, this is a three-step process:
- phone interview or find an online interview to identify an issue(s);
- select an issue and develop a list of exploratory questions based on related
theory and research;
- conduct an in-person interview, ask the questions, and explore possible
- Identify and critique the practices adopted by a specific company to comply with a
specific employment law. Examples are: pregnancy leave, FMLA, affirmative action,
sexual harassment, disparate impact, ADA, wage-hour practices, OSHA, workers
compensation, unemployment compensation, veteran rights, and ERISA or WARN.
- Critique a performance management system in a specific company and make
recommendations for improvement. Note that this system entails more than
performance review. See posted materials.
- If you have a company for whom you plan to work after graduation, inquire into
whether there is a specific HR policy or issue or program that is problematic and critique
- (or some other HRM need you can research for them).
LITERARY RESEARCH – requires an in-depth exploration of the current field of
research for a specific area; it is NOT a report merely expressing your opinion of it.
- Focus on a specific aspect of an employment law and examine the major case law with
implications for HR policy. Examples are: religious accommodation under Title VII,
veteran rights in employment, national origin discrimination, age or gender
- Examine the value, legality and ethics of background investigations (factors to be
investigated and how they relate to job requirements). To narrow the focus of your
research, select one of the areas commonly investigated, e.g., social security
verification, criminal records, education credentials, prior work history, credit history,
DMV records, etc.
- Examine a specific stream of employment litigation and its implications for HR policy
- Examine one key macro HR concept such as “Organization Design” or “Workforce
Planning” or “Compensation Planning” and its link to Strategic Planning and HR policy
- Critique a specific type of employment recruitment method based on available research.
- Critique a specific type of employment selection method, e.g., personality testing,
cognitive ability testing, integrity testing, situational interviews, assessment centers, etc.
- Critique a specific type of Performance Evaluation method and its fit in an overall
performance management system. Include an example of this method used currently in
- Critique a specific type of job analysis method and its implications for HR policy.
- Examine the research underlying the various types of judgment bias in evaluation
(employment interviewing, organization assessment, performance reviews, complaint
- Identify key aspects of the research surrounding performance measurement or more in-
depth review of the research surrounding a specific type of performance review
- Critique an innovative recruiting method (identify companies using it and their
- Critique an innovative employment screening method (e.g., personality testing) and its
implications for HR policy.
Note of caution: Solid research takes time. Select a topic which is of interest to you or
one that you may clearly have an opportunity to use in your first job after college.
Paper Length: 5 – 10 pages single space.
After the paper, make a presentation slides