Module 3 – SLP
MERGERS, ACQUISITIONS, AND REDUCTIONS IN FORCE
The following is a list of some of the resources available in the Trident Online Library related to the HR field.
- Journal of Applied Psychology
This journal focuses on the applications of psychology research. This research journal is a good source for learning about the latest developments in cognitive, motivational and behavioral psychology and implications for the workplace. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
- Personnel Psychology: A Journal of Applied Research
This scholarly journal has practical utility in that it centers on personnel psychology. The articles focus on the latest research on selection and recruitment, training, leadership, rewards, and diversity. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
- Academy of Management Journal
This journal focuses on the management side of psychology. The articles are mainly theoretical. This journal would be a good resource for those researchers looking for new managerial theories and methods. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
- The Academy of Management Review
This journal also focuses on management psychology. It is regarded as a top journal in its field and publishes theoretical and conceptual articles on management and organization theory. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
- Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review is a cornerstone business journal that has practical applications for HR professionals. This is a great resource to find case studies and expert insights on business practices. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
- Human Resource Management Journal
This journal has best practices articles for HR professionals in the workplace. It is available (up to 1 year ago) through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
This magazine is published by the Society for Human Resource Management. The articles are a great resource for HR professionals dealing with the most recent issues in the workplace. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
- TD: Talent Development
The Association for Talent Development publishes this magazine. It is targeted to professionals in the human resource development field. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
- Workforce Solutions Review
This magazine that focuses on many topics within human resource management. The articles included are written by industry experts and academics. They are targeted to HR professionals in the workplace. It is available through Business Source Complete in the Trident Online Library.
Adapted from: PennState University Libraries (2017). Retrieved from http://guides.libraries.psu.edu/human-resources/journals.
Signature Assignment at the Emphasized Level
For each SLP question below, select three articles (published within the past five years), each from different peer-reviewed academic journals/magazines. [Utilize the above publications or other peer-reviewed academic journal/magazine publications you find through the Trident Online Library.] Find articles that specifically address the following:
- Mergers & Acquisitions: What main point(s) about merging companies does the author make particularly relating to HRM? Do you agree? Why or why not?
- Reduction in Force (RIF): What main point(s) about RIFs does the author make particularly relating to HRM? What steps can HRM take to prepare employees for a possible RIF?
In your 2-page submission (not counting the cover page), create a 2-sided flyer that HR department staff can give to each person laid off due to Mergers & Acquisitions or a Reduction-in-Force. Include both a cover page and reference page for this assignment. These can be a separate document from the flyer. Experiment with using Microsoft Publisher or its equivalent free program found online for the 2-page flyer (a tri-fold flyer might work best for youâ€”you could then put the references on the middle back column). Keeping the seriousness of the topic in mind, use color, but keep the flyer business-like without flamboyance. If you use a tri-fold template in Word or Publisher, plan your layout first so that once it is folded everything is in the right place.
Upload your assignment to the appropriate Dropbox. Be sure to review your TurnItIn Originality report. If the score is over 20%, you may not be writing in your own words and you will need to contact your professor and arrange to revise and resubmit your assignment.
Written Communications Assessed at the Emphasized Level
As you may recall, in MGT302 (Organization Behavior and Teamwork) written communications was assessed at the â€œintroducedâ€ level. Then, they were assessed at the â€œreinforcedâ€ level in MGT407 (Principles of Human Resource Management) Case 3 where written communications are taken a step further by having you work on a submission that could be presented to a practitionerâ€s magazine for publication. Now, in MGT491 (Capstone in HRM), your written communications skills will be further developed and assessed at the â€œemphasizedâ€ level. For this assignment you will create a brochure to give to laid-off employees that effectively communicates the impact a reduction-in-force has on the organization.
The skills needed in these three assignments build on each other and offer you the opportunity to enhance and practice your written communications preparation skills.
The grading rubric for written communications at the undergraduate level has been developed to measure student success in meeting the MGT407 Case 3 expectations related to written communications. Rubrics for the other two courses are included in their respective written communications assignments.
Signature SLP Assignment Expectationsâ€”Emphasized Levelâ€”Written Communication
Your submission will be assessed on the criteria found in the written communications grading rubric for this assignment:
- Context and purpose for writing
- Adherence to conventions in specific disciplines
- Sources of evidence
- Syntax control and mechanics
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