Course Title: Employee Relations on the Pacific Rim

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Employee Relations on the Pacific Rim

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Prof Mike Berrell, PhD

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1594

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This Course will prepare you for this new era by discussing the latest employee relations concepts such as employee-customer-profit arrangements, emotional and cultural intelligence, virtual teams, social identity theory and knowledge management.  Current Pacific rim issue and practices will include tropics such as workplace romance, drum circles, search conferences, information technology, workplace bullying and appreciate inquiry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of the Course, your  business and capabiity employee relations development will be improved through exposure to a Pacific Rim context, contemporary issues and trends in employee relations, and through active, student centred learning.  This will be achieved through the use of case studies, individual and group reflective practices, presentations and research.

At the conclusion of this Course you will be able to assess and make judgements upon:

corporate social responsibility;



Individualism and collectivism;



procedural and organisational justice;

virtual teams;

influence; and

constructive conflict.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be explained and illustrated in lectures, seminars and online material with opportunity to discuss their use in case studies during tutorials and group discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to have access to the set text - other materials will be made available.

Overview of Assessment

Your ability to clearly explain key concepts and to use the terminology associated with the discipline will be assessed by written and oral tasks, including presentations.