Building a Strategic Human Resource Management System: An Experiential Approach


  • Deborah Cain Good


Experience-based learning has become a major component of many university curricula especially in business schools. The development and implementation of a semester long human resource management project in an undergraduate Human Resource Management course is detailed. The nature of various elements of the exercise, their positioning and a rationale for their inclusion is discussed in the context of how to administer such an experience-based learning tool for student development and assessment. One core focus of project implementation is monitoring the strategic alignment of each element to create the human resource system orientation that research suggests leads to competitive advantage for a firm. Student feedback on the project suggests a recognition and appreciation of the practical aspects of the exercise.