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  • Compare reliability and validity issues in performance appraisal in the Canadian and US organizational
  • Prepare an employee handbook for a US or Canadian firm.
  • Recognize the ethnocentric values contained in the Canadian and U.S. approaches to Human Resources Management.
  • Compare the Canadian and US strategic Human Resources Management responses to changes in the external the business environment.


  • Textbook
  • Slide deck (PDF)
  • Slide deck on flashdrive
  • Large sticky note paper for group activities
  • Dark markers for group activity writing on large sticky notes.
  • Printed copies of the handout, Strategic HRM Theories & Model (PDF)
  • Printed copies of the Answer Key for the Midterm, one per group of 4 students.



  • Review their personal Midterm results, which have been privately and individually emailed to each student.
  • Using the Answer Key available in the Moodle folder for Week 7, compare their Midterm results to identify any trends to modify their learning plans for the second half of the semester.
  • Read Ch. 8
  • Read Ch. 10


  • Focus Activity - Group-based Midterm Review
    After dividing into groups of 4 students, each group will receive a printed copy of the Answer Key for the Midterm.  In a group, they will examine and discuss midterm questions of their choosing.  From this discussion, they will as a group choose one question to be eliminated from the mark total (in other words, the students who answered this question correctly will receive a bonus mark).  The chosen question will go on the sticky note provided and posted to one wall in the classroom. 
    During the Health Break later in the class, students are encouraged to read what has been posted and vote for the one (1) question that will be eliminated from the final version of the Midterm mark total.
    Since the learning is active and the outcome somewhat guaranteed (one question will be eliminated from the tally), the goal of this exercise is to use the process of examining the Answer Key to increase one's comprehension of Strategic HRM.


  • Lecture - Reliability versus Validity
  • Lecture - Ch. 10 = Performance Management
    Note: Some practitioners in the field and researchers disagree with the textbook author's approach to Performance Management.  For researchers, there are concerns regarding the lack of rigour in the application of empirical evidence and theories to the development and application of Performance Management strategies.
    Students are encouraged to bring their life experiences to share during class. 
    For those who are unfamiliar with these criticisms from practitioners, they can read online articles such as this one: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6371460147327438848
  • Note: Research indicates that creativity and innovation can be easily interrupted when someone with more power presents their ideas first.  Therefore, to be strategic in how this assignment is started, we are flipping the order of the traditional approach to a major assignment.
    Groups will first start envisioning what they want to do for Assignment #2 - New Employee Handbook, and then I will give the lecture on Onboarding and Training.
  • Activity - Group Mind Mapping for Assignment #2 - New Employee Handbook & Trade Show
    Moving into Assignment Groups, students are to use this time to get creative with their ideas of what they could include in their New Employee Handbooks.  Also, what could go on their posters and what multimedia elements they could use in the Trade Show (aka Gallery Walk). 
    The assignment requires 20-30 topics are covered in the New Employee Handbook.  No idea is too zany.  Write it all down because it may inspire a more viable idea to use later.
    Example of the many resources online explaining how to use mind maps to brainstorm:  Conti, G.  (August 30, 2016).  How to Make Mind Maps: Visualize Your Ideas for Better Brainstorming.  https://zapier.com/blog/mind-mapping-tutorial/
  • Lecture - Ch. 8 = Onboarding and Training


  • Learning Consolidation & Check-in
    Activity: Brainstorming Ways - Theories and Success
    The class will split into six groups, one for each theory. Using the handout with the one-sentence definitions of the six theories of HRM, the group will describe how they think these lenses shape how they see Onboarding, Training, and Performance Management.
    "How does this theoretical lens change the way an HR Advisor or Manager handles Onboarding, Training, and Performance Management?  Why?"
    Using the large sticky note paper provided, a designated member of the group will record the various points made in the group.  All sticky notes from both classes will be photographed and put in Moodle.
    The recorded thoughts may inspire ideas for both the New Employee Handbook and HR Stories #5.
  • Next Steps
    Reminder to come see me during Coaching Hours (aka Office Hours) if you want to discuss your Midterm further, or for any other questions.  For next week, make sure to prepare for class by reading Chapters 11 & 12.  Also, complete any missing HR Stories in Moodle.



  • See above


  • This week, each student needs to post one (1) Lesson Plan for a workplace training event that would last only an hour.  Think a Lunch and Learn!
  • It is not always easy to come up with an idea or figure out how to write that Lesson Plan.  Doing some searching in the library and online is a great strategy and shows you respect the expertise of others.  Please make sure to post where you found your ideas and resources for others to check out.
  • Some keywords that may be useful when searching online to find these example Training Activity or Plan include the following:
    - Lesson plan
    - Teaching plan
    - Workshop details
    - Classroom activities
    - Lunch and Learn
    - Brown Bag
    - Employee workshop
    - Employee training
    - Community of Practice
    - Reading group
    - Learning community
  • Have you chosen to design your own 1-hour lesson plan, but want to give it a different name?  Try this list of alternatives to the Lunch and Learn phrase:  https://allwording.com/lunch-and-learn-alternative-names/