Title

Teaching HRM and managerial skills with the "living case."

Date of this Version

3-1-1995

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Details

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Dickenson, C., Fisher, C.D., Shaw, J., & Southey, G. (1995). Teaching HRM and managerial skills with the "living case." Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 33(3), 39-52

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© Copyright Australian Human Resources Institute, 1995

ISSN

1744-7941

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to describe and evaluate an innovative approach to teaching human resource management. The approach involves students working in small groups on a semester-long project in the form of an ongoing case-study (hereafter called the living case). After setting up a simulated organization complete with identification of strategies, structure and culture, students are required to make and defend a series of HR decisions in which they apply theory and classroom learning about HRM to their ‘real’ organization. The approach emphasizes the context of HRM decisions and helps to develop a range of both HR specific and more general management competencies. The living case develops managerial skills which have recently been identified as critical to future success in Australian organizations.

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