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Discussion Paper

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Cynthia D. Fisher, Carol A. Dickenson, James B. Shaw and Gregory N. Southey (1995) Teaching HRM and Managerial Skills with the 'Living Case' Exercise: An Evaluation

School of Business Discussion Paper ; No. 57, Jul. 1995

© Copyright Cynthia D. Fisher, Carol A. Dickenson, James B. Shaw, Gregory N. Southey and the School of Business, Bond University



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 on-going case study (here after called the 'living case'). After setting up a simulated organisation 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" organisation. The approach emphasises 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 organisations.