How to write a dissertation on Human Resource Management (HRM)?

By Priya Chetty on December 27, 2011

Candidates pursuing a degree course in human resource management (HRM) have to write a dissertation. They have to complete a dissertation in a given specific time when their examinations, classes and other work may go on side by side. The worst part is they do not get a degree unless they complete their dissertation work. Writing a dissertation needs lots of effort and skill. Dissertations are considered an important part of the modern world.

How to plan your dissertation

Firstly it is important to select a challenging topic on HRM. It should be innovative and unique. The candidate should approach the supervisor with a proper synopsis or proposal on HRM. The last step is to write the HRM dissertation. The dissertation should reflect the hard work involved. The candidate should be able to back the dissertation on every question of his/ her doubts and questions.

Difficulties that students go through during writing a dissertation in HRM

The most difficult thing that students go through during the writing process is to deliver a good quality dissertation. We have figured out a few areas where our clients have difficulties in preparing their dissertation and have come to us for help. These are:

  1. Selecting a good topic that will help them prepare a good quality dissertation.
  2. English language.
  3. Schedule a proper time plan as dissertation writing very time-consuming.
  4. Gather data from the right sources.
  5. Interpret data to include in the dissertation.
  6. Familiarity with different statistical tools.

Many customers have accepted that lot of times they are not able to take out time from their professional time. We believe a proper time plan can help you take out time from your daily schedule.

Other problems which a student face

Research: They are not able to conduct primary and secondary research properly.

Content: It is crucial that you understand your topic on HRM. It is also important the candidate knows the University’s preferred language and is able to follow the dialects and grammar accordingly.

Plagiarism: When a researcher refers to another fellow researcher’s work, a proper citation to the work is due. There are different citation methods that Universities follow. A few of them are:

  • APA
  • MLA
  • Harvard citation style.

You may refer to this article to know more about references and citation methods.

Lack of knowledge of the subject area: A dissertation is an exhaustive study on a topic. Basic know-how on HRM is important to understand a topic in this area. Without proper knowledge of this subject area, you may not achieve your goals clearly.

The basic format of an HRM dissertation

Introduction: In the introduction, you should explain why you are writing a dissertation and a short explanation of the topic.

Technical terms and theories: You should explain some of the theories and technical terms related to the dissertation.

Literature: Survey previous work on your topic. It’s better to include a window of 10 years. This literature review will support your conclusion at the end of the HRM dissertation.

Relevant areas you may include: Write about appraisals, compensations, benefits, diversity, and culture and performance management.

Primary research: Primary research will help you prove your hypothesis. It carries a lot of weight in a dissertation. This is the part where the University will judge your understanding on HRM.

Strong conclusion: A strong conclusion should be such that the reader of your dissertation is not left with any doubt about your subject matter. Prove that you have clearly achieved all your goals as per the findings of your research.


Priya is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Project Guru, a research and analytics firm based in Gurgaon. She is responsible for the human resource planning and operations functions. Her expertise in analytics has been used in a number of service-based industries like education and financial services.

Her foundational educational is from St. Xaviers High School (Mumbai). She also holds MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Delhi (2008).

Some of the notable projects she has worked on include:

  • Using systems thinking to improve sustainability in operations: A study carried out in Malaysia in partnership with Universiti Kuala Lumpur.
  • Assessing customer satisfaction with in-house doctors of Jiva Ayurveda (a project executed for the company)
  • Predicting the potential impact of green hydrogen microgirds (A project executed for the Government of South Africa)

She is a key contributor to the in-house research platform Knowledge Tank.

She currently holds over 300 citations from her contributions to the platform.

She has also been a guest speaker at various institutes such as JIMS (Delhi), BPIT (Delhi), and SVU (Tirupati).