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Developing High Performance Work Systems (MBS602)

Organisational Unit Business
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: T2-external
Description HPWS is used to describe a management strategy whereby a set of complementary human resource management and work practices are implemented with the expectation that they will deliver improved organisational performance. In this unit the theory and empirical evidence of HPWS are explored, analysed and critically evaluated. Participants will acquire an understanding of the design principles underpinning the key elements of an HPWS. Additionally, participants will explore the impact of national and organisational culture in facilitating HPWS.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Develop a critical understanding of the theory and the empirical evidence for High-Performance Work Systems.
2. Assess the role of High-Performance Work Systems in driving improvements productivity and innovation.
3. Analyse the role of direct and indirect employment participation in High-Performance Work Systems.
4. Apply knowledge of key design principles in developing complementary pay and performance management systems.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of learning and development.
6. Evaluate the importance that organisational and national culture plays in driving High-Performance Work System.
Timetabled Learning Activities Collaborate sessions - Approximately 3 hours x 2 days over four weeks of the intensive learning period.
These sessions are entirely online with the facilitator or in group meetings. The Zoom application is used for
these Collaborate sessions.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit is delivered using blended learning design features with core unit materials provided in a digital format followed up by small class knowledge application and skills development. This is enhanced by self-directed learning to further develop skills and application of knowledge to practical and current issues.
Students will undertake all activities online.
These activities include participating in interactive learning activities, accessing online reading, watching instructional videos, interacting with fellow students and completing assessments.
Other Learning Experiences Throughout the unit, students will be asked to complete a range of tasks before the Collaborate sessions
(e.g. readings, self-assessments, contributions to discussions on Curatr, etc.). The Collaborate sessions
include a range of interactive activities including guided instructions (both in small groups and whole class),
role plays, simulations, case studies, scenario-based tasks, problem-based tasks, project-based tasks,
enquiries-based tasks and presentations.
Assessment Assessment 1 - Video Presentation +Journal, ULO 1, 2 & 3, Weighting 30%
Assessment 2 - Case Study Presentation + Oral Critique, ULO 1-6, Weighting 30%
Assessment 3 - Essay + Case Study Analysis, ULO 1-6, weighting 30%
Assessment 4 - Engagement, ULO 1-6, Weighting 10%
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Executive Master in Leadership, Strategy and Innovation
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Executive Master in Leadership, Strategy and Innovation (EMLeadershipStratInnov) [New in 2016]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Professor Peter Waring
Pro Vice Chancellor (Transnational Education )-Singapore Dean

t: +65 68380761
e: P.Waring@murdoch.edu.au
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MURDOCH: T2-External
Professor Peter Waring
Pro Vice Chancellor (Transnational Education )-Singapore Dean

t: +65 68380761
e: P.Waring@murdoch.edu.au
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