Business Studies Teaching Resources - People

Below is a list of case studies taken from the People section of Business Case Studies. Choose your sub topic from the list of arrowed links below the People heading.

People resources for teachers

What is ‘People’?

Human Resources Management within an organisation ranges from understanding what human resources (numbers, skills etc) are needed to acquiring and retaining those resources.

Case studies cover:

  • Identifying which organisational structure will best deliver an organisation's objectives (hierarchy, flat, matrix) and the benefits/constraints of each
  • The process of evaluating the current and future human resource needs both in terms of numbers of people and skills and competencies (workforce planning)
  • What functions managers and leaders carry out and the difference between them, as well as how the varying leadership styles are applicable in different circumstances
  • The range of processes organisations use (internal and external) to attract the most appropriate candidates (recruitment and selection), including use of job descriptions and person specifications
  • The role of training (specific skills for a job) and development (improving an individual's potential for growth) in an organisation, looking at types of training (on- and off-the-job), coaching, mentoring, secondments, and use of appraisals as a means of identifying skills gaps and measuring performance
  • The work of motivational theorists (Herzberg, Maslow, Mayo, Taylor) and how their findings apply in the workplace in different circumstances
  • Understanding the strength of team working as a tool in an organisation and the different roles team members may have (Belbin)
  • Exploring the range of job roles and the typical responsibilities associated with each (operative, supervisor and senior manager)
  • The process of communication (sender, receiver, message, method of transmission) as well as the potential barriers (noise)
  • The requirements of employment legislation to an organisation, such as health and safety, minimum wage (fair pay), equal opportunities (ensuring no discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age etc)
  • The role of trade unions in the workplace, e.g. negotiation, collective bargaining, providing employee representation, as part of employee/employer relations
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