MS-22 Human Resource Development Sample Paper

MBA - Master of Business Administration

Note: This paper consists of two sections A and B. Attempt any three questions from Section A. Section B is compulsory. All questions carry equal marks.

1. Define and discuss the concept and objectives of coaching and mentoring. Briefly discuss their applications in the organizational context.

2. What is Action Research? How does it differ from OD? Discuss the important factors to be considered in the development of internal self-renewal facilitators, with suitable examples.

3. Define and describe the objectives and advantages of Multisource Feedback and Assessment Feedback Systems (MAFS). Discuss what are the indicators of an organisation s readiness to participate in MAFS.

4. Discuss the means of managing technological changes in work organisation. Briefly describe the factors which facilitate developing the change mind-set. Explain with suitable examples.

5. Write short notes on any three of the following :

(a) Designing Reward System
(b) Operationalising HRD for workers
(c) Career Transition and Choices
(d) Developing Business Ethics
(e) Horizontal Re-skilling


6. Read the following case carefully and answer the questions given at the end :

The eleven workers whose annual increments were stopped made a representation to the management of XYZ Limited that the action taken was not justified and that they wanted to know what was their fault. The management, which acted upon the recommendation of the department head concerned, Mr. Rog felt guilty because such an action was taken for the first time in the history of the company.

XYZ Limited was a large paper manufacturing company in South India. The major departments of the factory were factory were:

1. Chemical processing: The raw material was mixed with certain chemicals for making pulp.

2. Pulp department, Pulp was mixed with other ingredients according to specifications for each order of paper.

3. Paper machine department: This was the heart of the factory where processed pulp was fed into the paper machines. Act first, a wet weak paper was formed which was subsequently dried and rolled.

4. Finishing department: The paper rolls were then moved to the processing department where the required coating was given.

5. Grading, winding and packing departments. 6. Quality control department.

Twenty eight workers worked in the paper machine department in four groups - each group attending one machine. The nature of the work on each machine was such that all the seven workers had to work in cooperation. Because no individual tasks could be specified, the group was made responsible for the work turned out by them. All the workers working in the paper machine department had been with the company for over ten years.

The company did not have any incentive wage system for any class of its employees. They were all given straight salaries with normal annual increments. The annual increments were sanctioned each year in a routine way. It was the policy of the company that the increments should not be stopped unless the department head concerned recommended such an action.

Mr. Rog was placed in charge of the paper machine department a year ago. Though Mr. Rog was a newcomer in the organisation, he proved himself to be a very competent man. The management noted that he was very aggressive and enthusiastic and that he know his job well At the end of the year when increments were due to be sanctioned, he recommended to the management that the increments due to eleven men in his department should be stopped, for, in his opinion they were lazy and inefficient The eleven men concerned belonged to all the four groups operating in the department..

The management, though puzzled about the action recommended by Mr. Rog, acted upon it and stopped the increments due to the eleven men concerned. The management were aware that such an action was the first of its kind in the history of the company. Most of the employees were with the company for a fairly long period and there was never an instance of strained relations between the management and the employees. Soon after the action was taken, the eleven employees concerned made a representation to the management requesting them to let them know what was wrong with their work as to warrant stopping of their increments. The management were in a fix because they did not have specific reasons to give except Mr. Rog's report in which he simply mentioned that the eleven men concerned were "lazy and inefficient".

The management were naturally concerned about the representation and therefore, they tried to ascertain from Mr. Rog the detailed circumstances under which he recommended the stoppage of increments. When Mr, Rog could not pin - point the reasons, the management suspected that Mr. Rog's recommendation was based on his "impressions" rather than on facts. They, therefore, advised Mr. Rog to maintain a register from then on noting the details of day to day incidents of "lazy and inefficient" workers and obtain the signatures of the workers concerned. Mr. Rog was to make the final appraisal of each worker in his department on the basis of this register and recommend each case giving specific reasons why increments should be stopped.

Mr. Rog started maintaining a register as suggested by the management but he found it difficult to report satisfactorily any case of laziness or inefficiency for want of specific reasons. The management were convinced that their action of stopping increments of eleven men on the strength of Mr. Rog's report was not a proper one. They realised that no similar action in future would be taken based on inadequate information. But, they were wondering whether the suggestion made to Mr. Rog was the proper course of action to prevent occurrence of similar situations.


(a) What are the unique features of SEWA?
(b) Discuss the worker oriented development approach of SEWA affecting the performance.
(c) Can you suggest ways in which private corporate organisations can also be involved in developing management programmes alongwith SEWA for the upliftment of the rural people?

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