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Human Resource Management (Available Titles Coursemate)

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Journal of Human Resource Education Vol. 1, No. 1, Summer 2007, 38-57 38 Teaching Human Resource Management Concepts With Experiential Exercises Melissa Gruys Wright State University Susan Stewart University of Puget Sound OVERVIEW This manuscript provides a series of situation-based homework assignments that we have developed for our undergraduate level Human Resource Management (HRM) course. These assignments are constructed in such a way that they mimic some of the job tasks that an HR Professional might have to complete. On the first day of class, students are congratulated for being hired as an HR Manager at a fictitious organization 1 and are then provided with a packet of assignments. Throughout the course, students complete the assigned tasks which are presented as brief HR cases/scenarios and answer several questions related to each. Due to space limitations, we are providing only three of the ten exercise assignments we require along with three questions for each exercise. The three assignments have been provided intact for ease of use by instructors. Following the exercise assignments, we provide teaching notes, teaching objectives, and sample answers/responses for each of the three exercises. We encourage interested readers to contact us for the additional information (Appendix A contains a synopsis of all ten assignments, along with the complete list of required questions for each). The assignments presented below cover the topics of Equal Employment Opportunity and Legal Compliance, Selection, and Performance Management. Since students “work” for the same organization across the term, all of the scenarios weave together and the students seem to greatly appreciate the continuity. Overall, we believe that these experiential exercises have heightened student understanding, interest, and ability to apply the material covered in our HR courses. We think other educators might be interested in using them in their courses as well. 1 We make reference to “Stewart Incorporated” in the homework assignments provided here (this is one of our last names); however, instructors could customize the name of the fictitious organization to suit their needs.
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Journal of Human Resource Education Vol. 1, No. 1, Summer 2007, 38-57 39 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT EXERCISE ASSIGNMENTS Congratulations! You were just hired as a Human Resource Manager at Stewart Incorporated! Stewart Incorporated is a retailing conglomerate that own 20 medium-sized stores located throughout Oregon and Washington. Stewart’s major customers are primarily middle- to upper- class families that purchase sportswear, dresswear, and fashion accessories. In business for 85 years, the company has developed a fine reputation in the communities in which its stores are located. Stewart’s has a long-standing belief that their success as a retailing firm depends on the
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