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The Case for Teaching Human Resource Management in Management Education: 13 Common Reasons

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H. H. D. N. P. Opatha

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
About H. H. D. N. P.
Senior Professor, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce
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This conceptual study is a systematic attempt to fill a gap in the theoretical knowledge about reasoning the need of learning Human Resource Management (HRM) in Management Education (ME) in terms of having a synthesized description of reasoning and presenting a set of reasons to explain the need, and furthermore to solve an intellectual puzzle to uncover why HRM is to be taught in any qualification of Management at any level. Three research questions were formulated and they were answered by adopting a desk research strategy. 30 direct or indirect writings or explanations from 30 textbooks on HRM published by relevant authorities were examined, 13 common reasons were identified and listed, and based on the identified or derived common reasons, a content analysis was done. The study yielded findings consistent with the formulated three research questions and they are: there are at least 17 reasons for the case for teaching HRM in ME; it is possible to identify and list 13 common reasons which derive from or which are included in the writings considered for the study; and the top five reasons are (1) organizational success, (2) sustainable competitive advantage and organizational improvement, (3) every manager’s vital responsibility and contribution to societal success (these two reasons got the same intensity of consideration being the top third reason), (4) enhancing professional life success, and (5) enhancing personal life success.
How to Cite: Opatha, H.H.D.N.P., 2019. The Case for Teaching Human Resource Management in Management Education: 13 Common Reasons. Sri Lankan Journal of Human Resource Management, 9(2), pp.15–38. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljhrm.v9i2.5653
Published on 30 Dec 2019.
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