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Skills for Business Leadership - MAN00080M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Ian Kirkpatrick
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

Students will reflect upon the role of HR in business and strategy formulation and to develop the ability to appraise issues relating to marketing, finance, operations and strategy and evaluate the HR implications of these.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

1. To reflect upon the role of HR in business and strategy formulation and to develop the ability to appraise issues relating to marketing, finance, operations and strategy and evaluate the HR implications of these.

2. To develop capabilities and competencies needed by the HR professional to work effectively across the organisation both independently and in groups.

3. To enable students to understand their strengths and weaknesses and develop a reflexive and continuing professional development (CPD) plan.

Module learning outcomes

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the skills, competencies and capabilities of an effective HR professional.
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the role of finance, marketing and operations in shaping an aligned set of HR responses.
  3. Reflect upon the extent to which they have started to develop new HR leadership skills and plan how they will continue this development.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of effective decision making and problem solving.

Links to Programme Learning Outcomes:

To identify and critically evaluate evidence that enables a respectful understanding of the employment relationship and nurtures a supportive work environment whilst managing individual and organizational challenges which may encroach on the quality of stakeholder’s lives.

To be able to synthesise and evaluate data from a range of sources and communicate key information to a range of stakeholders in a clear, succinct and accessible manner

To diagnose and respond to complex business issues, using problem solving skills and HR metrics, so as to offer tailored HR solutions which enhance organizational performance and the working environment

Module content

Understanding the practical models of HRM and the need for a strategic partner role in organisations. What does it mean to be a strategic partner? How does HR overcome poor perceptions of the HR function? How does it interface with other business functions? How does it negotiate with other key constituents?

Understanding the nature and design of service operations. What do service operations do to improve the customer experience? What is the role of good people management? The focus is on an understanding of internal and external customer needs

How do marketers create strong brands? How does HR create an Employer of Choice organisation with a set of brand consistent HR policies and practices?

How do we interpret financial statements and create HR responses based on this analysis? How do organisations account for their human capital?

How and why do firms internationalise? What are the key considerations for HR during each of the internationalisation stages?

Practical workshops:

1) How do we negotiate?

2) How do we manage projects,work in teams and manage conflict?

3) How do we monitor progress towards the achievement of goals?

4) How do we present our ideas to different stakeholders?


Task Length % of module mark
Individual Reflective Diaries/PDP/Portfolio
N/A 50
Group Case Study
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Skills for Business Leadership
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will be placed into groups and will then have three weeks to decide which live case study organisation they will select. Each group will be offered a meeting with the module leader to discuss their case study and their ideas on which aspects of the course they are seeking to apply.

Students will present their ideas at the end of the term and will submit their full case study analysis during the first week of the following term alongside their reflexive diaries.

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