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Organizational Behaviour (ORGB) 387

Strategic Human Resource Management (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study.

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None. HRMT 386 or ORGB 386 is recommended but not required.

Precluded Course: ORGB 387 is listed under two different disciplines: Organization Behaviour and Human Resource Management. ORGB 387 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HRMT 387.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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**Note:Students registering in grouped study, or grouped study international mode are advised that there may be some differences in the evaluation and course materials information indicated below. To obtain the most up-to-date information, contact the School of Business Call Centre at 1-800-468-6531.


ORGB 387 is designed as a complement to ORGB 386: Introduction to Human Resource Management or a similar introductory course offered by another college or university. It is therefore not designed to cover all the personnel management or employee relations issues addressed in such courses. Students should have taken HRMT 386/ORGB 386 or an equivalent course before starting this course.

The course makes extensive use of Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice, 4th Edition by John Bratton and Jeff Gold, a text which attempts to provide an accessible, comprehensive guide to the field. The course commentaries are intended to provide some Canadian data and are also written to provide the employee or worker's perspective on many of the topics discussed to balance out the dominant corporate views associated with human resource management (HRM).


The course is divided into four units.

Unit 1: Introduction to Strategic and International Human Resource Management

Unit 2: The HR Context

Unit 3: Human Resource Development and Employee Participation

Unit 4: HRM Evaluation, Empowerment, and Conclusions


To receive credit for ORGB 387, you must complete all of the assignments, and achieve at least 50% on each one. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Total
25% 25% 25% 25% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Bratton, J. and Gold J., 2007. Human Resource Management: Theory and Practice. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. (Hereafter referred to as Bratton and Gold.)

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide. All other materials are available online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, November 30, 2010.

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Last updated by SAS  09/10/2013 12:28:39