The Environment, Labour Demand and Supply, Downsizing

Individual Assignment 2

60 Marks (20% of the overall grade for the course)

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The Environment, Labour Demand and Supply, Downsizing



Before you begin, please review How Written Assignments will be Marked (in Assignments/Individual Assignments).


Review the Case Study, then answer the following questions. Prepare your answers according to the “General Instructions for Written Assignments”, and consult the Timeline for the due date for this assignment.

  1. Define and explain the significance of the term ‘derived demand’ as it applies to Strategic Human Resources Planning. (5 marks)
  1. Explain ‘derived demand’ as it applies specifically to NorOnt Limited. (5 marks)
  2. The Exec VP Marketing, Asad Hossain at NorOntmust consider a number of environmental factors that impact on its Human Resources Planning activities. Describe these environmental factors and explain their impact. (5 marks)
  3. Identify and explain the various techniques for forecasting labour supply and labour demand. What can organizations do in the short run when they recognize a gap in which supply far exceeds demand. What could NorOnt do in this situation? (15 marks)
  4.  If the company ever had to downsize a plant how would you advise Monique Labelle, VP Operations regarding what factorsshe would consider that might force her to make this decision? (5 marks)
  5. What alternatives should the company explore prior to making its downsizing decision? (5 marks)
  6. Which plant should the company downsize?  Why? (5 marks)
  7. Explain, in detail, the implications of the downsize decision. (15 marks)

Total: 60 marks

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