Business Studies Teaching Resources

- People

Below is a list of case studies taken from the People section of Business Case Studies. Choose your sub topic from the list of arrowed links below the People heading.

People resources for teachers

Communications

  Communicating with stakeholders

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Shows the communications model (sender, message, format, channel, receiver) giving examples in context of Bernard Matthews for each. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

Developing people

  Training and development at NDA

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Pyramid diagram showing the stages of education and how training and development are an important part of NDA's HR strategy. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  How training and development supports business growth

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Chart showing the importance of workforce planning, training and devlopment. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

Diversity

  Using diversity and inclusion to provide better service

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This A3 ePoster is a bright and engaging resource; it’s a great addition to any classroom, or a useful revision tool on your bedroom wall. The poster displays key points of Tesco’s diversity strategy, making sure you only get what you need with none of the nonsense. The poster helps ensure you learn the curriculum in a way that’s supported by top businesses in an easy-to-digest format. As soon as your order is processed, you can download and print your poster, so there’s no waiting around for delivery. – £3.49

  Competitive advantage through diversity

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Shows how Tarmac's mission supports its diversity and inclusion HR strategy, demonstrating how appraisals and motivation are important factors in the HR strategy. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Positive about disability

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Flow chart outlining key disability legislation and the importance of inclusion. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

Managing change

  Developing the skills for managing change

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This A3 CMI ePoster is a bright and open learning resource that’s great on the classroom wall, or you can print it out and put it up in your bedroom. It breaks down core aspects of the curriculum into easy-to-digest bullet points and diagrams, offering an insight into business and the curriculum. This poster displays a flow-diagram exploring the process of change. There’s no waiting involved, as soon as you buy the poster you can download and print it out. – £3.49

Motivation

  Motivational theory in practice at Tesco

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Funnel diagram showing the different motivational theory and the benefits. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Developing a motivated workforce

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Funnel diagram showing the different motivational theory and the benefits of each. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Changing working patterns

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'Wheel' explaining the different categories of flexible working patterns at Lloyds TSB and the benefits to company and individuals. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Motivating through Total Reward

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Maslow's hierarchy of needs Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

Organising people

  Developing responsiveness through organisational structure

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This bright and engaging A3 ePoster works well in any classroom, but it’s also a great revision tool for your bedroom wall. The poster looks at organisational structure at Unison, using easy-to-read bullet points to make sure you get all you need with none of the nonsense. You can download and print your poster as soon as your order has been processed, so there’s no waiting around for delivery. – £3.49

  Developing appropriate leadership styles

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Outlines the three main leadership styles (autocratic, democratic, laissez faire) and the key pros and cons of each. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Using teamwork to build a better workplace

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Outlines Henri Fayol's 5 functions of management in a flow chart. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  The importance of effective management

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Outlines the difference between managers and leaders and links the different leadership styles to theory X and Y managers. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Meeting business needs through workforce planning

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Flow chart demonstrating the link between workforce planning, recruitment, selection and development. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Developing a Human Resource strategy

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Spider diagram highlighting the key issues relating to Tarmac's HR strategy - covers workforce planning, recruitment and selection and employee engagement. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Management styles in the oil and gas industry

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Chart showing Henri Fayol's roles of a manager and how this relates to the different leadership styles - linking these to specific roles in the oil and gas industry. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Developing an effective organisational structure

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Chart outlining skills and competencies required in a matrix organisational structure. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Using a range of management styles to lead a business

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Diagram illustrating the variation of managemtn styles shown ont he Tannenbaum/Schmidt continuum. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

Protecting people

  Negotiation and representation at work

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Chart outlining the role of UNISON and explaining collective bargaining and UNISON's work with public sector apprenticeships. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

Recruitment and selection

  Recruitment and selection at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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Flow chart showing the recruitment, selection and training process at Enterprise. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Recruitment and selection

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Flow chart showing how key aspects of recruitment and selection at Tesco fits together. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

Roles and responsibilities

  Roles & responsibilities

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Demonstrates how workforce planning, training and development are vital in the oil and gas industry. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  How roles and functions contribute to organisational performance

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Organisational map showing the functions and business units of Tarmac and the role of employees within these functions. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Roles and responsibilities within an organisational structure

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Diagram highlighting the different types of organisational structure and the skills and competencies required. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

  Developing people through decision-making

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Pyramid diagram showing the different types of decision making such as strategic, tactical and operational. Digital download prints in A3 size. – £3.49

What is ‘People’?

Human Resources Management within an organisation ranges from understanding what human resources (numbers, skills etc) are needed to acquiring and retaining those resources.

Case studies cover:

  • Identifying which organisational structure will best deliver an organisation's objectives (hierarchy, flat, matrix) and the benefits/constraints of each
  • The process of evaluating the current and future human resource needs both in terms of numbers of people and skills and competencies (workforce planning)
  • What functions managers and leaders carry out and the difference between them, as well as how the varying leadership styles are applicable in different circumstances
  • The range of processes organisations use (internal and external) to attract the most appropriate candidates (recruitment and selection), including use of job descriptions and person specifications
  • The role of training (specific skills for a job) and development (improving an individual's potential for growth) in an organisation, looking at types of training (on- and off-the-job), coaching, mentoring, secondments, and use of appraisals as a means of identifying skills gaps and measuring performance
  • The work of motivational theorists (Herzberg, Maslow, Mayo, Taylor) and how their findings apply in the workplace in different circumstances
  • Understanding the strength of team working as a tool in an organisation and the different roles team members may have (Belbin)
  • Exploring the range of job roles and the typical responsibilities associated with each (operative, supervisor and senior manager)
  • The process of communication (sender, receiver, message, method of transmission) as well as the potential barriers (noise)
  • The requirements of employment legislation to an organisation, such as health and safety, minimum wage (fair pay), equal opportunities (ensuring no discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age etc)
  • The role of trade unions in the workplace, e.g. negotiation, collective bargaining, providing employee representation, as part of employee/employer relations