Human Resource Management Final Team Project Report

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Required Resources

Kloppenborg, T. (2019). Contemporary Project Management. (4th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.

Microsoft Project 2013. Available free for Strayer University students through iCampus. Details on how to download the software are available in the online course shell in the Additional Resources section of the Student Center.

Supplemental Resources

Project Management Institute (2014). Talent Management: Powering Strategic Initiatives in the PMO. Retrieved from http://www.pmi.org/learning/thought-leadership/series/talent-management/powering-strategic-initiatives-pmo

Project 2013 Quick Start Guide: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Project-2013-Quick-Start-Guide-1C7A29F9-C0A1-486D-B945-C48CB0091DDB

Society for Human Resource Management (2017). Cultivate a High-Energy Workforce. Retrieved from https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/employee-relations/Pages/Cultivate-a-High-Energy-Workforce.aspx

Society for Human Resource Management (2017). 9 HR Tech Trends for 2017. Retrieved from https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/0217/pages/9-hr-tech-trends-for-2017.aspx

Society for Human Resource Management (2016). Viewpoint: Teamwork Is a Two-Way Street. Retrieved from https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/behavioral-competencies/relationship-management/pages/teamwork-is-a-two-way-street-real-world-relationship-management.aspx

Tangco, R. (n.d.). Project Charter: How Important Is It? Retrieved August 2011, from

https://www.theicpm.com/blog/item/3621-project-charter--how-important-is-it

The Project Management Institute: http://www.pmi.org/

The Society for Human Resource Management: https://www.shrm.org


Assignment 5: HR Project Management Final Team Report

Worth 200 points

You are now ready to present to management a final report on establishing a project team and project phases needed to initiate the changes for a more centralized model of delivering HR services. Once the management team receives the report and is thoroughly briefed on the direction the project will take, you and your project team will begin work on the project.

The management team report will be a consolidation of the previous assignment papers you have written in this course PLUS a Report Overview (sort of like an executive summary) and Final Conclusion (offering importance of topics and recommendations for next steps). You may make up a fictitious company name (DO NOT use real companies) and create your own HR project team name.

Prepare a thirty (30) page paper in which you:

  • Create a minimum 2 full-page report overview (executive summary) summarizing and emphasizing the key points of the report’s contents, which are the topics from previous papers in the course. HINT:
  • Copy and paste all content with headings from the previous course assignments minus any cover pages, running heads, introduction and conclusion sections, and reference pages. All information must be properly aligned and formatted according to APA guidelines and each page must have a page number (your choice of number location).
  • Prepare and include an original conclusion section to be placed immediately after the paper content. NOTE: Do not use any previous conclusion sections from past papers in the course. The conclusion section must take all previous papers into account.
  • Create the reference page(s) by copying and pasting ALL references from the previous 4 assignments and any new references as a result of this report. Remember, the reference page should be separate from the other text.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • All content within the paper must be set up and aligned per the requirements for an APA-style paper.
  • All text font will be Times New Roman 12 pt. and spacing between all lines of information will not exceed double space.
  • A cover page is required for the assignment and the student is allowed to be creative in designing their own cover page. It does not have to meet APA guidelines.
  • Cover and reference pages are not counted in the minimum page count.
  • All in-text citations must contain 3 parts: (1) Author or Source, (2) Year, and (3) Page or Paragraph number. This goes for direct quotes and paraphrased information.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Explain the elements of project management and its relationship to human resource management.
  • Assess organizational strategies that contribute to effective project management of human resources.
  • Determine the characteristics of a successful project plan.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in employee and labor relations.
  • Write clearly and concisely about employee and labor relations using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic/organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric

Points: 200

Assignment 5: HR Project Management Final Team Report

Criteria

Unacceptable

Below 70% F

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Create a minimum 2 full-pages report overview (executive summary) summarizing and emphasizing the key points of the report’s contents which are the topics from previous papers in the course.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely created a minimum 2 full-pages report overview (executive summary) summarizing and emphasizing the key points of the report’s contents, which are the topics from previous papers in the course.

Partially created a minimum 2 full-pages report overview (executive summary) summarizing and emphasizing the key points of the report’s contents, which are the topics from previous papers in the course.

Satisfactorily created a minimum 2 full-pages report overview (executive summary) summarizing and emphasizing the key points of the report’s contents, which are the topics from previous papers in the course.

Thoroughly created a minimum 2 full-pages report overview (executive summary) summarizing and emphasizing the key points of the report’s contents, which are the topics from previous papers in the course.

2. Copy and paste all content with headings from the previous course assignments minus any cover pages, running heads, introduction and conclusion sections, and reference pages with information properly aligned and formatted according to APA guidelines (and each page must have a page number).

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely copied and pasted all content with headings from the previous course assignments minus any cover pages, running heads, introduction and conclusion sections, and reference pages with information properly aligned and formatted according to APA guidelines (and each page must have a page number).

Partially copied and pasted all content with headings from the previous course assignments minus any cover pages, running heads, introduction and conclusion sections, and reference pages with information properly aligned and formatted according to APA guidelines (and each page must have a page number).

Satisfactorily copied and pasted all content with headings from the previous course assignments minus any cover pages, running heads, introduction and conclusion sections, and reference pages with information properly aligned and formatted according to APA guidelines (and each page must have a page number).

Thoroughly copied and pasted all content with headings from the previous course assignments minus any cover pages, running heads, introduction and conclusion sections, and reference pages with information properly aligned and formatted according to APA guidelines (and each page must have a page number).

3. Prepare and include an original conclusion section to be placed immediately after the paper content and not use any previous conclusion sections from past papers in the course, making sure the conclusion section takes all previous papers into account.

Weight: 25%

Did not submit or incompletely prepared and included an original conclusion section to be placed immediately after the paper content and not use any previous conclusion sections from past papers in the course, and did not make sure the conclusion section takes all previous papers into account.

Partially prepared and included an original conclusion section to be placed immediately after the paper content and not use any previous conclusion sections from past papers in the course, and partially made sure the conclusion section takes all previous papers into account.

Satisfactorily prepared and included an original conclusion section to be placed immediately after the paper content and not use any previous conclusion sections from past papers in the course, and satisfactorily made sure the conclusion section takes all previous papers into account.

Thoroughly prepared and included an original conclusion section to be placed immediately after the paper content and not use any previous conclusion sections from past papers in the course, and thoroughly made sure the conclusion section takes all previous papers into account.

4. Create the reference page(s) by copying and pasting ALL references from the previous 4 assignments and any new references as a result of this report.

Weight: 20%

Did not submit or incompletely created the reference page(s) by copying and pasting ALL references from the previous 4 assignments and any new references as a result of this report.

Partially created the reference page(s) by copying and pasting ALL references from the previous 4 assignments and any new references as a result of this report.

Satisfactorily created the reference page(s) by copying and pasting ALL references from the previous 4 assignments and any new references as a result of this report.

Thoroughly created the reference page(s) by copying and pasting ALL references from the previous 4 assignments and any new references as a result of this report.

5. Clarity and writing mechanics

Weight: 15%

More than 6 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

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Running head: PROJECT MANAGEMENT FINAL REPORT

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Executive Summary
The relationship between human resources and project management is a purely symbiotic
one where each gains from the other in its own unique manner. HR provides the human capital
element that is essential in the organization and management of a project team and at the same
time, benefits from the increased skills and competence that employees who are appointed as
project team members. Human resources management as a business function is undergoing a
revolution from its conventional state of administrative functions to strategic ones in most
organizations. Rosewell Inc., a banking organization whose operations are spread out into 73
branches within the United States and employing 6,850 employees, is considering to undertake a
major project to overhaul its human resources unit. Our aim is to introduce a centralized human
resource management system in an effort to consolidate its strategic importance within the
organization and increase accountability and derive more economic benefits.
Within this report, the need to centralize the HR function is examined under a critical lens
by comparing the benefits and drawbacks of the decentralized system as well as those of a
centralized system. This is then measured against the company’s current situation in order to
justify the importance of this project. The report goes ahead to evaluate the project scope,
scheduling, the skills of the project manager, determining the budget as well as the statement of
importance. These items represent the details of the project that will have to be considered as
they collectively represent the three main factors that define a project: resources, schedules, and
quality. Additionally, training is an important aspect of project management because even though
an organization’s employees may be highly qualified before the project begins, they will need
adequate training on the specific skills and knowledge required for the project. With this in mind,

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this report explores the training implementation plan as well as methods of successful training of
employees and project team members.
The report also explores the identification of project risks that can paralyze it completely
or just be the cause of unnecessary and unforeseen delays, after which, strategies for the
resolution of such risks are examined. This report also considers the importance of motivation to
the trainees-employees who are team members and outsourced help-in ensuring the success of
the project. Motivation is also explored through the evaluation of employee wellness programs
from three reputable companies: IBM, Microsoft, and Google which have put in place
competitive strategies and measures to keep their employees motivated and productive at the
workplace. These strategies can be replicated to Rosewell Inc.’s project of HR centralization and
boost the morale of those who will be responsible for its successful implementation as well as
contribute to organization-wide retention and productivity.
A project’s successful implementation is the function of various distinct factors coming
together in a coordinated manner to achieve specific targets or objectives. Communication
between the project manager and the team members is also cited as a major contributor to the
success and also one of the main skills of a project manager. When there is a lack of clarity on
responsibility, roles, and accountability, the project will fail unless they are made clear and the
project’s purpose well understood within the organization. This report identifies the
aforementioned factors as essential to success and concludes by suggesting that the project
manager creates a report and highlights areas of success and failure during the project’s
execution. Such an evaluation will help the manager and the team members to inculcate lessons
learned during the project’s execution into the next project and improve outcomes as well as
enable pursuit of other projects by others to be easier in future.

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Introduction
The human resources management function plays an essential role in the advancement of
a company towards the achievement of its economic and social objectives. Employees have been
identified as the key drivers of growth in any organization and the emphasis on ensuring high
levels of satisfaction has long been made. Global competition among firms is at an all-time high,
and the ease of the global market’s access has only served to increase the level of competition
thus necessitating the application of strategies as a countermeasure. Therefore, with the
frequency in economic downturns happening at the global economic stage, HR departments have
to step up and function as strategic business units rather than the conventional administrative
function they have been undertaking for so long. They are expected to perform this new role with
even lesser resources and to do it better by establishing distinct structures, objectives, and
processes or products with the realization that the major function of HR is creating profit.
One essential strategy is the acquisition and development of skilled human capital which
entails leveraging on the individual high skills and knowledge that each employee presents in the
pursuit of company goals. Even more powerful, is the idea of bringing together talented
employees with the necessary expertise in different business functions, to work together as a
team. Team development is a critical skill in project management and one that ensures the
success or ultimate failure of a project. But this is driven by the establishment of a competitive
human resource management unit in the organization so that when creating a team to undertake
any project, the project manager will already have a wide pool of skilled, creative and highly
dedicated employees to choose from. Therefore, HR is increasingly gaining credence and
attention as a critical component of organizational success leading to companies instituting costreduction measures and investing more on HR functions to increase profits. The most important

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functions of HR include the recruitment of employees, their training and advancement,
performance management and planning for succession. This report will be examining the
intricacies that define each of the aforementioned HR roles and how they contribute to effective
project team development in undertaking Rosewell’s current centralization of HR project.
Rosewell Incorporated’s Centralization of Human Resources Project
Every organization strives to offer more of its products and services to a larger chunk of
the market available and in the process, generate more profits. This explains the relentless
expansion of companies in terms of product and service types offered and forays into new
geographical and demographic markets. As a company expands, however, its need for more
skilled and experienced staff grows leading to the consequent growth of the HR function in order
to develop and retain talent for the organization. The growth in the size of an organization will
most likely be characterized by multisite locations, and this complexity will result in a diversity
of recruitment and employee relations factors. Rosewell Incorporated has grown as a bank from
humble beginnings in 1986 when our founder, Churchill Hendricks, set it up as a microfinance
institution extending microloans to New York farmers and small businessmen. Today,
headquartered in Manhattan and with a network of 73 branches in the United States as well as a
workforce of 6,850 employees, Rosewell is a formidable financial provider in the country. As
such, our HR departments’ structures have been evolving over the years from an initial
centralized structure, a decentralized one and a mixed one as it is now.
The structure of the human resources department can be the source of efficiency in the
organization, strategic planning, and human capital development and retention or lack of
coordination and loss of productivity and financial resources. Due to the fast expansion of our
company, we have employed a mostly decentralized structure of human resources management

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for the past decade. As per the Society for Human Resource Management (2016, p. 3),
decentralized structures allow organizations to provide the autonomy that their localized business
units require to make decisions and priorities that respond to the local internal and external
clientele. They adhere to the specific environment that they operate in and structure their
strategies to fit that particular environment which is mostly different from other units. However,
with decentralization of HR functions, as Rosewell Inc.’s experience shows, leads to high costs
of transactions, lowered economies of scale and duplicated functions in HR practices due to the
variability in standards. Decentralization seems to work better for companies that have
diversified interests or situated in different countries with different languages where
misunderstandings are more likely to occur because it eliminates such misunderstandings.
The need for our company to adopt a more centralized HR function is informed by the
constant changes happening in the finance industry with a rapidly tightening labor market
locking most companies out of getting the most talented and qualified personnel. Additionally,
the drive to centralize comes from the important function of synchronizing resources in the same
direction and ensuring there is an awareness of the overall strategy. Technology is also a major
facilitator towards the movement to a more centralized model of HR management as HR
becomes a change agent in the face of new technology taking over in the domain of human
capital development (Stahl & Bjorkman, 2006, p. 151). (Windsor, 2015, p. 5) outlines the
benefits of centralization as the ease of process streamlining, reduced operating costs and
introduction of a sophisticated level of efficiency. Suppliers are also more likely to offer more
beneficial margins, thus, higher economies of scale for the organization and the identification of
HR personnel is easier which, in turn, results to sharing of knowledge and delivery of better
service. According to Smith (2016, p. 45), centralizing the HR function will establish

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consistency in standards as well as control and bring the organizational long-term objectives and
outlook into focus. The application of technology is also made possible by the shared service
models that centralization affords the organization, thereby, enabling outsourcing of some
administrative functions and production of high-level services as personnel concentrate on the
critical aspects of human resources management.
Project Scope
Among the first and most essential elements of project planning is the development of the
project scope. Some steps are taken in the course of this process. They include the assembling of
all stakeholders and clients who are affected by the project deliverables. Interacting with
employees who will use the product, departments who will monitor the project delivery process
and the leaders who will fund and benefit from value addition through profits gives the project
manager a collection of all the perspectives that will measure the project's success. It is also an
opportunity to identify project objectives and expectations that stakeholders expect from the
process and final product. Each stakeholder is uniquely affected by the project. It is crucial that
the project manager gets all expectations so that a list of objectives can be derived from them.
After this, they can manage the process knowing what each stakeholder expects during and after
product delivery. From the goals, the project manager can now compile a list of activities,
procedures, and guidelines that formulate the project scope or a description of all tasks that the
project must deliver (Kloppenborg, 2019).
Project Scheduling
Besides, a project scope creates a foundation for the other elements of a project plan. For
instance, the project manager can now create a project schedule from the explicit list of activities

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from the scope. A schedule communicates how the project team will tackle the tasks in the
project scope. It comprises of a descriptive, interactive, and exhaustive process of the work
within the project in charts called work breakdown structures (WBS). Each activity is dismantled
into a collection of individual tasks in a manner that explains how each milestone and deliverable
will be met. A project schedule also indicates how resources will be allocated to each task. Once
broken down to unit-sized tasks, it is easy to calculate financial and human resources as well as
equipment and machinery required to deliver each subtask and achieve the milestone. Time
allocation is also facilitated once each deliverable is broken down. The project manager can
identify how long each task can take and calculate the timeframe of the whole project, thereby
creating a precise estimate of the time required to finish it (Kloppenborg, 2019).
Statement of Importance
Essentially, having both the project scope and schedule enables the formulation of other
secondary communication documents. For instance, the project manager can use both the project
scope and schedule to create a statement of importance. It is a crucial document with information
relevant t...

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