Human Resource Management

Professional management of human resources is critical for creating and maintaining high performance organizations. This concentration will enable MBA students to learn more in-depth knowledge of human resources management. It focuses on best practices in: creating a positive employee relations climate, human resource development, and strategic human resource management.

This concentration will enhance the effectiveness of career human resource managers and provide prospective human resource managers with the knowledge and skills they need to enter the field. Students will learn techniques for: fostering good employee relations that are beneficial to both employees and employers, human resources development that will increase the capabilities of employees and the performance of the organization, and to integrate human resources management with the overall business strategy. 

Courses:

HRM 620: Managing Employment Relations in the Global Context

A positive employment relations climate is essential for the success of an enterprise. Building on the first HRM course, this course dives deeper into the relations between employers and employees and how to foster a successful climate. Employment relations involves matters such as: employment contracts, pay and benefits, safe-working conditions, work-life balance, performance management, avoiding problems, diversity, and prevention of discrimination and harassment. Good employment relations begins with clearly written policies that aim to create a productive work environment with lasting employee satisfaction.

HRM 630: Human Resource Development

Successful enterprises not only aim at having positive employment relations, but also at helping employees develop their knowledge, skills and abilities. Developing employee capabilities benefits the enterprise by increasing human resources productivity and performance. This course introduces best practices in human resources development using various methods such as: training, coaching, mentoring, and supporting continuing education by providing tuition assistance or sponsorship.  Human resource development is essential for creating and maintaining high performance organizations.

HRM 640: Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic thinking and planning in human resources management is essential for long-term success.  Strategic human resources management involves attracting, developing, rewarding, and retaining quality employees for the mutual benefit of employee and employer. This course teaches how to develop a strategic approach to human resource management in consideration of the mission, vision, and strategic goals of the enterprise. It covers various theories and models for integrating the functions of human resources management into the overall business strategy to achieve long-term business goals.