HR4S004 Global Talent Management

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Online lectures and interactive activities via Blackboard Collaborate.


Module Aims:


On completion of this module, learners will be able to:

Gather, analyse and use key people and employment markets information, to critically evaluate and reflect upon key Global talent management issues, and the links to how these play a leading role in the development and evaluation of appropriate talent management strategies, whilst demonstrating a keen awareness of the psychological implications for people and the organisation in terms of achieving sustainable advantage.


The module also requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.


Learning Outcomes:


Demonstrate an awareness of and a capacity to critically evaluate and reflect upon the nature of, and linkages between key components of a range of alternative global talent management strategies and processes and their potential contribution to achievement of organisational objectives


Module Overview:


A major and fundamental objective of the human resources (HR) function is the mobilisation of a workforce.


Organisations can only function if they are able to assemble together teams of people with the necessary skills, attitudes and experience to meet their objectives.


A further objective is then to retain effective performers for as long as possible. From time to time it is also necessary to dismiss people from organisations.


This module focuses on these activities, focusing not just on the practical aspects of recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal, but also on the strategic aspects to equip learners with the knowledge and skills required for resourcing and talent management within a global context, including :


  • The development of a strategic approach to the attraction and retention of staff, analysing their key employment markets and gaining an understanding of their dynamics so as to enable them to compete more effectively, both now and in the future.
  • Planning to enable an organisation to meet its future demand for skills
  • A recognition that As the skills that employers seek become more specialised, employment markets have tightened, leading to increased sophistication in the area of resourcing and talent planning which is reflected in the increased use of proactive diversity management, employer branding, work-life balance initiatives and innovative approaches to job design,


The module also requires learners to reflect critically on theory and practice from an ethical and professional standpoint and provides opportunities for applied learning and continuous professional development.


Learning Outcomes:


Demonstrate an awareness of and a capacity to critically evaluate and reflect upon the nature of, and linkages between key components of a range of alternative resourcing and talent management strategies and processes and their potential contribution to achievement of organisational objectives


Teaching Programme:



We live, and indeed are living, in dynamic and turbulent environment. Organisations are faced with many conundrums; the fast and increasing rate and pace of technology, increasingly volatile global markets and economies, not to mention, having to deal with the most complex and unpredictable of all resources today…people. As managers of course, we not only have to keep up-to-date with these changes, we have to (or should at least) understand where these changes may lead, and what challenges they hold for us and the organisations we represent.


Over the coming weeks, we will be covering topics as outlined above. After discussing these topics in our sessions, you will be afforded the opportunity to undertake research into one of these areas. Your analysis and discussion however, will need to be supported by current thinking from contemporary sources on this subject.







Introduction and welcome to the course


Employment Markets, Regulation and Human Resource Planning


Job Analysis & Design, Recruitment and Selection methods


The new employee, employee turnover, retention and employer branding


Succession planning, employee engagement and flexible working


Employee engagement and resourcing strategy


The future of work and fairness and diversity


Retirement and dismissal


Redundancy and international HRM topics


A summary of all taught elements and preparation for the assignment




MSc Human Resource Management (FT&PT)


Global Talent Management HR4S004


Assignment Title


Research Paper (with Case Analysis)


According to Straus, writing in The Financial Times, (September 14th, 2021) ‘The number of job vacancies in the UK rose above 1m for the first time on record in the three months to August, according to official data that also showed employment growing at pace and more people rejoining the labour market.’


In your chosen setting, critically assess the state of play of the labour market and evaluate the potential impacts that tight and loose labour markets might have on organisations ability to recruit and retain labour as a source of competitive advantage.


In order to address this question, you will be required to make informed recommendations on the appropriateness of key HR strategies and interventions that could be adopted by organisations to deploy labour effectively in the above circumstances. 


Submission date: 23.59 on the 7th January 2022 via Turnitin.


The assessment for this module is one piece of coursework – an individual research paper of 6,000 (+10%) words.

  • To undertake this assessment comprehensively, the research paper should be related to the topics covered throughout the module.
  • The literature should be introduced and applied in the context of your own organisation, one you are familiar with or you can use a case organisation.
  • Specifically, you will be expected to initially choose two of the topics that will be introduced through the module.
  • From within these two topics, identify a contemporary area for discussion.
  • You must then provide a critique from the relevant literature, (a literature review).
  • A discussion will follow to help analyse the literature in relation to your organisation’s initiatives in relation to your chosen topics.
  • The conclusion should include how your organisation could use these topics to improve retention in the current economic climate.

For example: you may wish to choose recruitment and engagement as your two topics. You could then identify an element or contemporary issue from within these topics. Current topics include the use of e-recruitment methods such as social media in recruitment, and the role of the line manager in generating higher levels of employee engagement. You may then want to apply it to the literature in relation to the world of work changing by people working from home in these unprecedented times.


Additional Rationale

As far as possible, the subject areas for their assignment will be decided by the student, and could possibly be based on particular areas of interest, areas of specialism, or by whatever other means, but have to be from within the topics delivered in this module. Feedback will be provided by the ML only.


The research should provide a robust discussion of your topic/issue using contemporary sources/references of key theoretical and analytical concepts and frameworks along with contemporary developments and emerging themes, as related to your topic/issue. Therefore, as part of your critical discussion, students should expect to undertake an in-depth literature review to enable students to critically analyse and reflecting on the nature, scope and use of (in addition to evaluating any contemporary developments and/or future perspectives); and synthesise their understanding and application (through the analysis of a case organisation) of their topic (or specific more specific issue) within a people resourcing context.


Additional assignment preparation guidance will be provided as we progress through the module. However, if you have any further queries relating to this activity, please contact the ML immediately.


Detailed Assignment Info




The module will be assessed by means of 100% Coursework.


The assessment of this module will normally comprise of 2 elements:


  • Element 1: An individual Research Paper of 6000 words (100% of module marks)


The marks for Element 1 will determine the overall coursework module mark. To pass the module students must achieve an overall minimum mark of 40% in each Element. Students must demonstrate no significant weaknesses (<30%) in either element. Students failing this module are referred in the failed element / component* of assessment only and carry forward any other grade(s) achieved in any element /component of assessment of the same module already completed successfully. Students can only be awarded 40% in any reassessed element / component* of this module, but may achieve a greater overall module grade if the already completed part of the assessment has been graded higher than this.


Assignment 1




The assessment for this module is ONE piece of coursework – an individual research paper of 6000 (+10%) words.


To undertake this assessment comprehensively, students should identify their own research question/title from contemporary ideas [which should be] related to the topics introduced through the module, which should be further explored and investigated, using their own organisations, one they are familiar or students can opt to use a case organisation.


Specifically, students will be expected to initially choose two of the topics that will be introduced through the module, and from within these topics, identify a contemporary area for discussion. Students must then provide a critique from the available literature to examine the theoretical elements of these concepts, and to [finally] use this discussion to help analyse a case organisation initiatives – in relation to these topics/issues. However, the theoretical lens students should use is that of ‘how organisations can use these topics/issues/elements, to improve retention within organisations’. Whether this is in their own organisations, or a case organisation.


Obviously, part of the assignment will have to also include an analysis/examination of practices at the case organisation to demonstrate application of theory with practice. Conclusions should be provided which highlight significant points that can be seen within the research paper.


Additional Guidance

  • Present, clear, balanced and sufficient (possibly primary) secondary research evidence to support arguments and conclusions.
  • Offer critical analysis of the evidence and arguments
  • Pay attention to the need for logically constructed statements, conclusions and possibly recommendations
  • Use and acknowledge relevant sources and reference to support arguments
  • Provide a full list of references used in your text at the end of your assignment – using the Harvard system.


Additional Requirements:

The reflection must:

A)                            A research paper format must be adopted

B)                            Address the topic under investigation;

C)                            Be your own independent work and free from plagiarism (see below) by including clear indication and referencing where material included is not your own;

D)                            Use extensive elements from theory and research as a basis for explanation;

E)                             Utilise sufficient sources to be academically credible;

F)                             Use Harvard style citation and referencing;

G)                            Be written in an appropriate academic style;

H)                            Be a maximum of 6000 words (not including title page, abstract and references);

I)                               Be word processed, using 1.5 spacing;

J)                               Have been spell checked and proof-read;

K)                            Be on A4 paper and have black text;

L)                             Be submitted via turn-it-in assignment tab by 12 midnight on the due date.

M)                           Be anonymous but have your ID number and page numbers on each page.


Coursework Extensions:

Extensions will not be permitted and students who encounter difficulties while completing coursework should contact their award tutor to discuss their options. Late submission of coursework without mitigating circumstances being accepted will result in that piece of work being graded as a zero.



This is primarily defined as ‘copying or paraphrasing another person’s work, be it published, or unpublished, without clearly acknowledging it’.


Regardless of whether it is intentionally or unintentionally done, plagiarism is considered to be cheating and is strictly forbidden and may be heavily penalised.


To avoid accusations of plagiarism, ensure that you:

-        fully cite and reference materials you use;

-        don’t share your work with your friends, housemates and classmates etc;

-        work independently when you are writing up your coursework;

-        use someone not on the module to do your proofreading;

-        pick your printing up immediately when using the university printers

and if in doubt about this issue ask your lecturers or the staff in the Drop-In Centre at the LRC for assistance.


Marking and Return of Marked Coursework

All assessment at the University of Glamorgan is subject to quality assurance procedures.


This means that while every attempt will be made to return the majority of marked coursework within 20 working days, all ‘fail’ (i.e. below 40%), ‘distinction’ (i.e. 70% or greater) and a few ‘pass’ graded assignments will be retained to form part of the quality assurance sample.


The remaining marked assignments will be handed back to students personally during tutorials or student scheduled appointments.


Grades on any returned coursework remain provisional until such time as they have been quality checked and are accepted by appropriate exam boards.

The following grid will be used for assignment 2 and describes the different levels of attainment for each criteria.  The overall mark for a piece of work will reflect the different levels of attainment which may achieved across different criteria.

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