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Human Resource (HR) Dissertation Topics (2018) ~ WritePass

| November 15, 2011 | 19 Comments

1.0. Introduction

The aim of this guide is to assist in selecting a human resources dissertation topic and to provide practical advice on how to go about writing a dissertation. Human Resources dissertations incorporate numerous topics covering various aspects of organisational human resource management issues. Typically, writing a human resources dissertation involves questions such as how to report the features of the design and how to adequately report research results. Consequently, the latter part of the guide serves as a handy reference source to navigate the writer through the process.


2.0. Categories and dissertation titles

2.1.     Strategic Human Resource Management

2.1.1.  Measuring the impact of securing employee commitment through involvement and communication processes in the retail industry. A case study of Tesco

2.1.2.  An evaluation of the strategic human resource management systems utilised in Indian SMEs. An empirical study

2.1.3.  A resource-based view assessment of strategic human resources quality management systems. Achieving competitive advantage in the 21st century

2.1.4.  A comparative study of strategic human resource management in Japanese and German automotive multinational corporations. The implications of culture and application to management

2.1.5.  An evaluation of strategic human resource management theory and practice in UK call centres. A Quantitative study of call centre performance


2.2.     Organisational Learning and Development

2.2.1.  An examination of knowledge management and organisational learning for sustained firm performance. A case study of British Telecom

2.2.2.  An assessment of the correlation between organisational leaning and firm competency development. An overview of approaches to learning and competence development processes

2.2.3.  How valuable is Appreciative Inquiry in the development of an organisational learning culture? A case study of BP

2.2.4.  How is organisational learning a by-product of individual learning? Achieving balance and synergy between organisational survival and growth and employee development and aspirations

2.2.5.  An analysis of leadership behaviours that foster organisational learning. A focus on leadership models for organisational learning in the NHS


2.3.     Resourcing and Talent Management

2.3.1.  Determining resource allocation for talent management in recession or times of retrenchment. A case study of the UK public sector

2.3.2.  Managing and maximising organisational talent for enhanced firm performance. A case study on the operationalization of the strategic talent management process in UK accountancy firms

2.3.3.  Designing talent management strategies for recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest. A case study of Research in motion

2.3.4.  An assessment organisational development of talent pools and talent inventories for selection and succession processes.  A case study of IBM talent management

2.3.5.  An investigation into talent management for employee engagement: Gaining employee organisational alignment


2.4.     Managing Employment Relations

2.4.1.  An exploration of the tensions inherent in management requirement to control employees’ behaviour and performance whilst eliciting commitment and cooperation. A study of employment relations in the  minimum wage fast food industry

2.4.2.  En examination of the importance of public sector employee participation for improved deliverance of Government systems in the Cameroon public sector

2.4.3.  An assessment of the impact of globalisation on employment relations policy. A comparison of two emerging economy countries: Brazil and Mexico

2.4.4.  A comparative study of industrial relations in France and the UK. An assessment of trade union density and role significance in the European social context

2.4.5. An investigation into the classification of labour disputes and resolution procedures. A comparative study of Germany and the United States

2.5.     Reward Management

2.5.1.  Are a revised set of management information required for managing, evaluating and rewarding individual performance under the new public sector management of the UK?

2.5.2. An investigation into the performance impact of financial and non-financial rewards. A case study of interventions to improve performance of health workers in the USA

2.5.3.  Is individual performance-based pay inconsistent with Total Quality Management? An examination of UK-based quality-focused organisations

2.5.4.  A comparative study of employee reward systems in rapidly developing economies. A case study on China and India

2.5.4. An examination of the impact of rewards systems and leadership style on knowledge sharing in the mobile telecommunication industry

3. How to Structure a Human Resources Dissertation, Tips

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  1. kardoniash says:

    Hi I am Msc student of Business and management. I want to write my dissertation on HR, but HR in my country is new concept, a few companies have HR function in their organizations, and a few people knows what is HR, so really I have faced a problem, I want to choose a topic which it would be useful for the current stage of my environment, and region. I am more interested: 1.HR in public sectror. 2. HR at oil and gas industry.

    please give me some other suggestions.


    • Ty says:

      Hi Kardoniash,

      I understand what you mean. In some countries, the managers recruit and manage the employees, with no explicit function given to a Human Resources department.

      I think you have a lot to potentially explore here. Notably how the absence of a HRM department could impact employee performance, motivation, rewards etc.

      Here are a couple of topics you could choose from:
      1. Investigating the impact of an in-existent HRM department on employee motivation and performance. A case study of XXXXX

      2. Does the presence of a HRM department actually improve employee performance and motivation?

      3. An investigation of strategies with which HRM functions and departments can be introduced and implemented across organisations in XXXX (Your country).

      Let me know if this is ok, or if you’d like something more specific.

  2. madhav says:

    i want more topic .

  3. Kiki says:

    Hi I am studying BA (Hons) Business and Management specialising in HR. I wanted to do my dissertation on an international private school in my local area, focussing on employee engagement, training and development, etc (something along those lines) and how this may work in a private school (perhaps compared to a state school)however I do think this comparison may be very difficult in terms of then having to find a school to compare with. I am having trouble crystallising these ideas into an actual dissertation topic (research question) and wondered if you would any suggestions/advice for me?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

    • Ty says:

      Hello Kiki,

      I can see that your ideas are bouncing around a little.

      Perhaps an ideal topic could be: An investigation and comparison of employee engagement, training and development in private schools (within your local area)… compared to public schools.

      In your introduction and research objectives, you would clearly indicate that you are seeking to compare how effective these practices are in private schools compared to public schools, and clarify on the deductions and recommendations you seek to achieve from those.

      Hope this helps

  4. Kiki says:

    Hi Ty

    Thank you so much for your help and for getting back to me so quickly. This is fantastic – I really needed help to clarify my ideas!

    Could I also trouble you for some further suggestions focussing on employee engagement only (i.e. does not have to be specifically for the school sector, etc).

    Thank you again for your time.


  5. Kardoniash says:

    Hi again,

    I am sorry for late response, i was very sick during the last months, i was deprived from studying and university.

    Thank you very much for your help and understanding, really your suggestions are perfect for me, and you understand my sitution, country. thank you again. I am going to write about the three mentioned topics, i think all of them are the best topics for me. Thank you.


  6. Kuran says:

    Hi there, I was wondering if you can help me. I’ve started my final year at university and studying BA (Hons) Business Management and Human Resources, and I am about to start planning my dissertation. After doing some research I have found some key interests.
    My main areas of interests are aesthetic labour or misbehavior at work (something in this area) I have a huge interest and passion for Apple Inc. so i might use them as my chosen business
    Would you be able to provide me with some information and advice for this topic, and how I might be able to go about it. What would you suggested?
    I would really appreciate the help. Thanks.


    • Ty says:

      Hello Kuran,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Being a big Apple fan myself, I’d love to help.

      How about something like:

      An investigation into the manner in which aesthetic labour investments or appraisals could help to improve customer service within retail focused organisations. A case study of Apple Inc Retail Stores.

      Within this project, you’d be looking to investigate if an investment into aesthetic labour (how the employee looks, smiles and behaves towards customers), could impact the customer perception of the customer service experience. i.e. would customers feel they have received a better service from the sales consultant?

      I hope this helps.


      • Kuran says:

        Omg THANK YOU SO MUCH for replying back so soon! I really do appreciate the help. With what you having replied back with, i can actually start to think about how i can start my dissertation and the topics i could use. I’ve done some research on aesthetic labour before and have some experience with researching on other businesses, so this has been such a huge help to me!
        I really appreciate your help, Ty. Thank you very much.

        Kind regards

  7. Rob says:

    hi all

    My dissertation topic is critical examination of the Learning and Development provisions: A case-study of IBM. Any idea how to structure it ??

    Thank you

  8. Bayarmaa7 says:

    Hi there, This year is my final year and planning to do my desertation connocted with HRM. I am really strugling with choosing topic.I want to do something with connected employee satisfation and performance Or

    In my country (From Mongola) HRM is not really existed yet and I found one company which could help me but this company is enrolling Performance management system now.

    Can you give me some idea.



  9. surosree says:

    Hello Team,
    I have to write a dissertation and would like to do the same on HR and Leadership. However I know these two are very broad topics in itself.It would be great if you could tell me a few topics based on the strategic Human resources and how it can be related to Leadership as the ultimate recruitment of leaders are in the hands on HR which helps the company gain a strong competitive advantage. Also I would like to tell you that I work for the aviation industry, so kindly suggest me a topic that can help me out. Thank you.

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