Compare and contrast ‘Hard’ and ‘Soft’ approaches to HRM (Foot, Hook, and Jenkins, 2016, p.12-13) ensuring you identify why organizations might adopt either approach in their HR systems, and what specific features of HR policy and systems might indicate either a Hard or Soft approach. You must include two examples of practice by organizations; one organization which takes a Hard approach to HRM, and one which takes a Soft approach. Provide evidence which clearly demonstrates the HRM approach being taken by the organizations you have chosen. You will be marked as follows:
Definition and explanation of the Hard and Soft concepts of HRM (30 Marks)
Example of an organization using a Hard approach to HRM (30 Marks)
Example of an organization using a Soft Approach (30 Marks)
Use correct academic writing technique, including effective structure, grammar, spelling, use of in-text citations, and a full reference list, all of which should use the Harvard referencing convention. (10 Marks)
To achieve success, the following is required:
Define and explain the concepts of Hard and Soft HRM, and what physical processes might indicate whether an organization might be adopting a Hard or Soft approach to managing their people.
Give two examples of actual practice by named organizations; one example demonstrating Hard HRM practices, and one example demonstrating Soft HRM
The vast majority of work should demonstrate your own original thinking, with data, quotes, paraphrased opinions, and other evidence used where appropriate, to evidence and support your own, original debate.
This should be delivered in essay format, consisting of a title page, your main body of work, and a reference list. There is no requirement for an executive summary, table of contents, or appendices. You must not use diagrams or tables as part of your answer
Evidence should be used from appropriate sources, such as; your core text book, other HRM text books, academic papers and HRM journals, case-
studies contained in academic works or on industry chartered institute platforms, such as CIPD, CMI, Institute of Leadership and Management, etc.