The House of HR: Junk it or Sync It?
This case study was written with the aim of introducing the HRM course and its significance to the participants. It discusses the dilemma faced by Dr. Sanjay Vohra (Vohra), Dean, Bombay School of Management (BSM), which was known for its exemplary curriculum and education in Human Resource Management. While its students were sought after by the industry, they perhaps were not exposed to the latest trends shaping the HR landscape. Vohra calls for a meeting with HR consultants and HR leaders from the industry to learn the ways in which the B-school’s HRM curriculum could be re-oriented to better prepare its students for the industry. The industry practitioners share several trends thereby helping BSM faculty to arrive at an action plan to refurbish the HRM course content and create a new HR mandate. This case study helps the students understand the scope of the subject and the need to re-orient the same to make it more contemporary. It however debates if exposure to several employee friendly trends would raise the expectations bar of the students?
Prerequisite Conceptual Understanding and Before the Classroom Discussion
• Gary Dessler and Biju Varkkey, “Introduction to Human Resource Management”, Human Resource Management, 12th Edition, Dorling Kindersley (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2011 – To understand the importance of studying Human Resource Management and to have an idea of the various trends that are shaping human resource management
• The following articles should be read to know more about some of the trends shaping the HR landscape
- • Claire Cain Miller, “Silicon Valley: Perks for Some Workers, Struggles for Parents”, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/upshot/silicon-valley-perks-for-some-workers-struggles-forparents. html?_r=1&abt=0002&abg=1, April 7th 2015 (accessed date: April 23rd 2015)
- • Biprorshee Das, “Fun at work is serious business”, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/fun-at-work-is-serious-business/articleshow/46874184.cms, April 10th 2015 (accessed date: April 28th 2015)
- • Amrita Nair-Ghaswalla, “When employees call the shots”, http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/newmanager/when-employees-call-the-shots/article7102217.ece, April 14th 2015 (accessed date: May 7th 2015)
- • TE Raja Simhan, “How commuting influences career choices”, http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/smartbuy/tech-news/how-commuting-influencescareer-choices/article6987100.ece, March 12th 2015 (accessed date: May 7th 2015)
- • Veenu Sandhu, “Sexual harassment at work: Tell and suffer”, http://www.businessstandard.com/article/beyond-business/tell-and-suffer-115040300777_1.html, April 4th 2015 (accessed date: April 28th 2015)
- • R. Ravikumar, “Corporate world goes gaga over radio to connect with staff ”, http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/corporate-world-goes-gaga-over-radio-toconnect-with-staff/article6975396.ece, March 9th 2015 (accessed date: May 7th 2015)
- • Veenu Sandhu, “At work and happy”, http://www.business-standard.com/article/beyondbusiness/at-work-and-happy-115013001596_1.html, January 31st 2015 (accessed date: April 23rd 2015)
- • Priyanka Sangani, “Your digital reputation is the key to success, says consultant Michael Fertik”, http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/corporate-dossier/your-digitalreputation-is-the-key-to-success-says-consultant-michael-fertik/articleshow/47025769.cms, April 24th 2015 (accessed date: May 7th 2015)
- • Devina Sengupta and Anumeha Chaturvedi, “Industry goes innovative with staff referral plans; offers attractive rewards”, http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-10-31/news/55631734_1_referral-cash-rewards-recruitment, October 31st 2015 (accessed date: May 7th 2015)
Case Positioning and Setting
This Case Study can be used for:
- • MBA program in Human Resource Management Course – To sensitize the participants/students to the significance of studying Human Resource Management and expose them to the trends that are shaping this discipline
- • MDPs/EDPs – for HR Professionals – To familiarize them with the emerging trends in HR to analyze the organizational implications of those trends
- I. Debate on the effectiveness and efficiency of HR curriculum being followed at B-schools. Discuss with reference to Exhibit II and Exhibit X of the case study.
- II. With reference to Exhibit I of the case study, analyze the profile of the industry practitioners. Most of the participants being less than 40 years old, can it be said that there is a trend of preferring competence over experience?
- III. According to you, what is the significance of having interesting workplace designs and practices aimed at creating happy workplaces?
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Suggested Reading for the Faculty
- • Ram Charan, “It’s Time to Split HR”, Harvard Business Review, July–August 2014 – This will serve as a counter-point to the ongoing discussion on the significance of HRM
Preamble to the Case Analysis or Case Discussion
The case study has been designed to be used in the introductory session of the Human Resource Management course. By discussing the HRM curriculum and the current trends in the HR space, the case study tries to generate interest among the participants. The discussion can accordingly be structured around three main points as detailed in the preamble [Exhibit (TN)-I]............