HRM512 Values and Conflict in Organisations (8)

This subject explores the theories of morality and Western ethics and their application in the exercise of moral judgement within an organisational and/or business context. Typical ethical dilemmas that may be faced by employers and employees, including human resource managers, are highlighted and explored. This subject also deals with the theoretical bases, processes and organisational arrangements for dealing with conflict resolution in the workplace. Conflict resolution is the link between rationalising ethical decision making and the soundness of cooperative problem solving, expressed in conflict resolution, that is of benefit to the individual, workplace and the global community.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HRM512. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Management and Marketing

Enrolment Restrictions

Postgraduate students only

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge for this subject is similar to that covered in HRM502.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse the nature of morality, through applying the main Western theories of ethics and evaluate the impact of these theories on ethical dilemmas faced by managers;
  • be able to explain the concepts and evaluate the debate relating to corporate agency and the moral responsibility of organisations;
  • be able to identify and compare the characteristics and practices of an ethical and an unethical organisation in terms of its relations with all stakeholders;
  • be able to investigate the nature of conflict in organisations and analyse theoretical approaches to conflict resolution;
  • be able to apply the problem-solving model of conflict resolution (the win/win approach) to an organisational or business situation; and
  • be able to recommend organisational arrangements that need to be put in place when dealing with conflict resolution both in the workplace and at an industry level.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Finding a Philosophy and Theory. Topics include: The nature of morality and business ethics; Western theories of ethics and philosophy; and Moral judgments in human resource management.
  • People, Profit, Planet in action. Topics include: Corporate agency and moral responsibility; Organisational ethics and relations with staff; and Organisational ethics and relations with the community.
  • Applied Philosophy and application. Topics include: The nature of conflict; The intellectual foundations of conflict resolution; The skills associated with the co-operative problem-solving model of conflict resolution; and Organisational arrangements for dealing with conflict resolution in the workplace.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HRM512 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Is conflict inevitable?
Statement of values
Policy document: ethics or conflict

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.