Assessment task 2 requires the writing of a business report. The report should be designed as a management document that can be used to implement recommended changes. It should include a comprehensive analysis of the current situation using HRM theory, models and frameworks. The report should clearly explain the various options available and analyse the consequences of these. Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature relating to human resource management.
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The assessment item is based on the case study titled Making Injury Prevention a Central Focus (pp. 140-142) of the textbook: Human Resource Management in Australia (5th Ed.) by Kramar, Bartram, De Cieri, Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart & Wright, McGraw-Hill Australia). You should read, and carefully analyse, the case and respond to the issues presented in, and hidden behind, the case scenario within the context of a professionally developed business report. You are required to support your arguments with appropriate theoretical discussion and references.
This assignment MUST be a properly constructed business report. It MUST contain headings and subheadings. The introduction should introduce the report, thesis statement (main objectives of the assignment) and include your argument. The main body of the assignment should present the evidence you have collected to support your arguments for the questions you are required to research. The conclusion section should restate your arguments, summarise the evidence and make a conclusion from all previous discussions.
The assignment should contain a coherent, but necessarily restricted review of the academic literature on HRM topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the assignment and not be a separate section. A reference list formatted in the prescribed Harvard style is compulsory. Further information regarding formatting of assignments and other information is available at http://www.cqu.edu.au/about-us/service-and-facilities/referencing
This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of and utilisation of academic literature. Whilst you should AVOID using only textbook, the prescribed textbook for the course should be cited in regard to broad HRM principles. You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, at least twelve (12) relevant peer reviewed journal articles (absolute minimum requirement). These do not include other academic references such as books, conference papers, and book chapters and so on. Although you can cite these other academic references in your report, they will not be counted as part of the 12 journal articles. Refer to your recommended readings for examples of academic journals. While you can cite these recommended references, it is expected that you find twelve (12) peer reviewed journal articles not listed in the course materials. The quality and number of citations will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the literature used to support your arguments. Your marker is interested in the analysis that you have developed from YOUR review of the literature and how well you use the literature to discuss the topic.
AVOID presenting a descriptive account ONLY of your readings. What is required in this assessment is a critical evaluation of the academic literature as it relates to the specific details of the case study. Your marker is also interested in the conclusions that you reach by evaluating the literature and the case scenario.
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Case Study: Making Injury Prevention a Central Focus (Pages 140-141 of the textbook)
Based on the case scenario, answer the following questions in business format. Please be aware that there are more questions compared to your textbook. You MUST answer all questions listed here:
1. Senior management commitment is an essential component for an effective occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). How is senior management commitment demonstrated at Henkel (corporate level) and Henkel Iberica? What reasons lead to the importance of senior management commitment in developing OHSMS in an organisation?
2. For many organisations, OHS is treated as an afterthought, Henkel Iberica, in contrast, has integrated OHS into everyday work practices. How has the company achieved this? What HRM practices can facilitate the integration process?
3. Henkel Iberica’s experience demonstrates that significant reductions in workplace injuries are possible when senior management commits reasources to injury prevention. What other benefits are likely to have flowed to Henkel Iberica from these initiatives? Could Henkel Iberica’s approach be readily translated to other organisations?
4. What are the roles that workplace safety culture may have played in successful OHS management in Henkel Iberia? How can positive workplace safety culture be developed in an organisation and how does it benefit an organisation in general