Human Resource Strategy is a required (core) course for students in the Labor Relations and Human Resources Masters degree program. It can also be used as an elective for students in the MBA program and other Master's Level Programs.
Course Overview: Managers working in the organizations of today are finding their jobs are becoming more and more complex. Markets are becoming more competitive, technological change keeps overwhelming them, they are finding it necessary to deal with a more diverse workforce, and their companies are expanding globally. Most organizations have discovered that the key to developing and maintaining a competitive advantage lies in the attraction, development and motivation of its human resources. People in organizations are being viewed as an important and valuable investment as organizations attempt to manage in an attempt to improve quality, improve service, and cut operating costs. This course deals with the interaction between an organization's mission, competitive strategy and human resource strategies. Specific human resources strategies are examined in the areas of:
- Recruitment, Selection and Retention
- Compensation and Evaluation
- Training and Development
- Labor Relations
- Organizational Change
- To develop expertise in using a number of behavioral diagnostic models
- To develop an understanding of various organizational behavior concepts including motivation, behavioral changes and leadership
- To be able to analyze the appropriateness of various competitive strategies
- To be able to select human resource strategies that are appropriate for given competitive strategies.