CIPD Intermediate Award – Business issues and the contexts of Human Resources
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Purpose and aim of unit
Human Resources (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This unit enables learners to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function. The unit also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation. The unit is designed to encourage learners to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts and to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.
This unit is suitable for persons who:
• seek to develop a career in HR management and development
• are working in the field of HR management and development and need to extend their knowledge and skills
• have responsibility for implementing HR policies and strategies
• need to understand the role of HR in the wider organisational and environmental context.
On completion of this unit learners will be able to:
1 Understand the key contemporary business issues and main external factors affecting different organisations and the impact on HR.
2 Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed.
3 Know how to identify and respond to changes in the business environment.
The learner will:
The learner can:
|1 Understand the key contemporary business issues and main external factors affecting different organisations and the impact on HR.||1.1 Assess a range of different factors which impact on an organisation’s business and its HR function.|
|2 Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed.||2.1 Analyse the forces shaping the HR agenda.
2.2 Compare different tools for analysing the business environment.
2.3 Explain the key stages in strategy formulation and implementation and the role of HR.
2.4 Examine HR’s contribution to business ethics and accountability.
|3 Know how to identify and respond to changes in the business environment||3.1 Evaluate business performance and the role of HR in business planning and the change management agenda.
3.2 Assess and utilise different sources of business and contextual data for planning purposes.