(Human Resource Management)
Fall 2020 Integrative Term Project Guidelines
Your term paper will be a progressive narrative drawn from Chapters 1 through 14, and based
on a company you envision.
At the end of each chapter is a section entitled “Integrative Project”. Use these to guide your
research and application process.
Organize your paper on a chapter by chapter basis. Be sure to include all that is outlined and
apply the concepts in a consistent manner. Each section should build on the previous section.
For example, your job analysis, recruitment process and compensation plan should be in
keeping with the company vision, culture and business plan.
You will be completing sections and turning them in throughout the semester.
 Chapters 1 – 3
 Chapters 4 – 6
 Chapters 7 – 10
 Chapters 11 – 14
Be sure to check the due dates!
Following is some additional information to help you as you develop your company and build
your term project
Identify an industry in which you are interested in someday working and create a name for a
fictitious company that you will be working on all semester for this project. If you want to use a
current or past employer you may do that instead. If you haven’t already thought about a
preferred industry, take the time to research several options to identify one that best meets your
preferences for growth, financial performance, ethics, environmental sustainability, etc.
Choosing an industry is as important as choosing an employer and a specific job—it influences
how much flexibility you will have in your job (for example, some industries are more regulated
than others), your promotion opportunities (faster growing industries provide greater opportunity
for advancement), and your compensation (industries with higher profit margins can afford to
pay employees more than industries without high profits).
Your first task is to read as much as you can about the industry, its top performing companies,
its growth outlook, and its current challenges and opportunities to be able to make decisions in
setting up a human resource management function for your company.
The Integrative Project guidelines in the book will ask you to describe what your company’s
culture, vision, mission, strategic goals, business strategy, competitive advantage, and talent
philosophy will be — how will you position yourself to successfully compete in this industry?
Assume that your company will be of any size and located anywhere that you would like; just be
consistent throughout the project.
Think about and formalize your company’s position on social responsibility and ethics. Record
your company’s formal statement about each. Feel free to research other companies’
statements online for insight into how to craft your own. Then describe the culture you would
create at your company, explain why it is best suited to your company’s needs, and explain how
it will contribute to its success.
Identify how diversity and inclusion can help your organization execute its business strategy.
Think about how different types of diversity can help you better create new products, attract and
serve a wider variety of customers, etc. There is so much discussion about diversity, inclusion,
systemic racism, sexism, to name a few. Paying attention to these narratives will help you to
create a positive and progressive outlook for your company!
Write a statement explaining your company’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Then identify
how you will use different HR policies, media, and technologies to communicate and reinforce
your approach with your employees. Be sure to include a few metrics for evaluating the success
of your ideas (e.g., the percent of new products introduced, the percentage of employees
representing different groups, etc.).
STAFFING (Chapters 4, 5 & 6)
Based on the size, culture and business plan, develop an organizational structure. Identify the
broad categories of positions (i.e. administrative, engineering, scientific, etc.) and research the
supply and demand for these groups of positions. Then, building on what you have done so far,
think about a job that is critical for your chosen organization’s success. Do a mini competency
analysis on the position, considering the company’s business strategy and competitive
advantage. Do some research online to learn how similar companies are presenting their job
opportunities in this area. How will you design and analyze this position? In class, we will work
on (with your teams) a Job Analysis Form that will be your guide for the job description. This will
be turned in separate from your term project. As you write a job description think about how it
would be likely to attract a job seeker who would be a great fit with that position.
RECRUITMENT PLAN (Chapters 4, 5 & 6)
Using the same job you analyzed, develop a sourcing and recruiting strategy to locate and
attract high potential applicants. Identify three recruiting sources that you feel would be
effective, and explain your reasoning. Then create a job posting that could appear on your
careers site that would interest high potential recruits in applying for the position. Be sure to
incorporate realistic job preview information in your posting.
SELECTION PROCESS (Chapters 4, 5 & 6)
Develop a selection plan and job-offer strategy for your chosen job. Explain which assessment
methods you would use, how you would combine scores on the assessments into a final score,
and how you would choose whom to hire. Then write a job offer letter to your chosen candidate
that presents a valid job offer, reinforces your employer brand, and tries to persuade the finalist
to accept your offer.
ONBOARDING (Chapter 7)
Describe the onboarding and socialization experience you would create for your new hires in the
position. Be sure to address all of the socialization options in Table 7-3. Be sure to explain your
choices. Also identify three learning objectives for your new hire training program to help new
hires contribute to business strategy execution.
Using the same job you chose, describe the performance management system you would
establish to best align the goals of employees in that job with organizational goals and values.
Also create a performance appraisal form for the job and explain why your choice is most
appropriate given the goals of the appraisal.
TOTAL REMUNERATION (Chapters 9, 10 &11)
Describe the base compensation you would establish for this position in the U.S. city of your
choice. Be sure to describe the process you used in making your decision (i.e. job evaluation
and pricing process.). Use at least three of the web resources in Table 9-1 in completing this
section. We will work on this in class as a team activity.
Describe the incentive pay system you would establish for this position. Be sure to explain your
objectives for the incentive system and why your recommendations are likely to be effective in
meeting these objectives. Also describe the pay mix you would establish for the job, and how
differentiated the rewards would be.
Finally, describe the employee benefits package you would offer for this position. Be sure to
explain your objectives for your employee benefits and why your recommendations are likely to
be effective in meeting these objectives. Will the benefits be the same for everyone, or will
employees be able to choose some of their benefits? Don’t forget to consider the cost of the
benefits in your decision making.






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