Human Resources Skills

 "People are our most important asset" — for many years this assertion has figured prominently in corporate Annual Reports, senior managers’ speeches, and consultant recommendations. But in reality, only a small fraction of firms have behaved accordingly. In the far greater number of firms, employees are still treated as disposable "variable cost" items. The pressure of competition in an increasingly globally integrated, technologically sophisticated, and knowledge-intensive economy is gradually turning this homily into an imperative. However, the countervailing pressures are strong, especially those rooted in short-term financial imperatives, vested economic and power interests, and the persistence of ideologies. How firms manage people through their human resource management policies and practices is therefore, the source of great tension and conflict. Yet, HRM leaders across the world are beginning to be seated in the C suites of their respective corporations. So, now what?

What do these conflicting pressures mean for managers and for employees? This is the question at the heart of this program. Human Resource Management should be of interest to all those who want to be successful in the 21st century. This program will provide a strategic overview of the key concepts and principles of many human resource function, along with their practical implications.  Special emphasis will be placed on human resource roles and competencies, and creating a personal career development plan. Issues, trends, and problems facing the human resource professional are also identified and addressed.

This very practical program provides an introduction and overview of the strategic nature of Human Resources. It is divided into four sections:

· Human Resources – A Source of Competitive Advantage

· Technical Human Resource Issues and Concerns for the 21st Century

· Human Resources Case Studies

· Human Resources Policy and Delivery

The primary subject matter in this program is not a set of facts or analytic techniques that you can learn by reading and/or doing pencil-and-paper exercises by yourself. What you gain in this program comes primarily in the form of deeper intuition, finer instincts, and better judgment with respect to an important class of relatively ambiguous issues. As a result, the heart of the learning process is this program comes from discussions based on real world issues to find solutions. Moreover, the amount of learning a participants accomplish in this program is a direct function of their personal contribution to these discussions: you can’t learn to play the cello by watching others play.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be competent with the following tasks:

1. Understand the current state of the human resources management systems used within their Company as well as the underlying theories of HRM that support the systems

2. Understand the strategic implications of effective HR systems and how they effects behavior (short and long term)

3. Assess the implications of recent theoretical and research developments in HRM

4. Develop skills in making HR decisions and demonstrate those skills through practical applications of HR tools and metrics

5. Understand the role of leadership with respect to HR profe