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Preparing to Manage Human Resources

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University of Minnesota via Coursera

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  • Language English
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  • Duration 4 weeks long
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Overview

One way or another, all employees are managed. But approaches to managing employees varying from employee-to-employee, job-to-job, manager-to-manager, organization-to-organization, and country-to-country. This course provides a foundation for developing your own approach to skillfully managing employees by illustrating alternative human resource management (HRM) strategies, introducing the importance of the legal context, and thinking about what motivates employees. This will then give you the factual and conceptual basis for developing specific, critical HRM skills in subsequent courses on hiring employees, managing performance, and rewarding employees. Don't know anything about HRM? That's OK! Leave this course with a new-found understanding of the range of options available for managing employees, a grasp of what makes workers tick, and the readiness to develop your own HRM skills.

Syllabus

Alternative Approaches to Managing Human Resources
-Welcome to the first week of this course! This section starts with an introduction to the course, and then we'll spend two lessons looking at alternative ways of managing human resources. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain why managing people is important. • Compare strategies for managing human resources. • Evaluate the fit between an organization’s HR strategy, a manager’s style(s), and the business environment. • Recommend strategies and styles for managing people in a particular situation.

What Makes Employees Work? Money, Of Course!
-Welcome to the second module of this course! We'll be focusing on the monetary reasons for working, and the lessons for managers that result. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain how money can motivate some workers. • Identify key managerial concerns if workers are self-interested and view work economically. • Develop strategies for addressing these key concerns using insights from economics.

What Makes Employees Work Revisited...Non-Monetary Motivations
-Welcome to the third module of this course! We'll be focusing on the non-monetary reasons for working, and the lessons for managers that result. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain at least four different reasons that people work not related to money. • Identify key managerial concerns when workers work for different non-monetary reasons.• Develop strategies for addressing these key concerns using insights from psychology and sociology. • Justify the (in)application of insights from economics, psychology, and sociology in different situations.

The People Manager as Part of a Complex System
-Welcome to the fourth and final module of this course! In this section, we'll finish laying a foundation for managing human resources by looking at the constraints faced by managers, especially the legal environment. After completing this module, you will be able to… • Explain at least four constraints that influence how human resources are managed in a particular organization. • Compare the ways in which the law does and does not see employment as a typical contractual relationship. • Create a list of legal and illegal HRM practices in your country. • Judge when to use strategies for managing people that go beyond what the law requires.

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John W. Budd

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Anonymous
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Dear Professor Budd, thank you very much for this excellent course indeed. It will help me to fresh up my 19 years of HRM education and experience in my 35 Netherlands Army career and find an HRM job now that I am retired from the Army. That is why I signed up for all 5 of the courses in one package...
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This course wasn't as good as the first one in the HR specialization, Preparing to Manage Human Resources. The quality of the videos was poor, with the introductions being almost impossible to hear and then the following fragment very loud. The videos were interrupted at weird places, in the middle of...
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Nina S
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Thank Dr. Budd for this course! It is really interesting and very helpful. It help me to improve my knowledge. I try to keep my HR knowledge up to date and that course is that I was liking for. It contain not only lecture, it have a task/homework. You can think about you, your job, work with people grime other countries. I recommend this course to anyone!
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Eric E
Eric completed this course.
Preparing to Manage Human Resources is an information rich module, and the content delivery by Professor John Budd was just brilliant. This was an enjoyable course but also an unexpected surprise. The information I gained from this module was more than I hoped for. I would recommend to other students that you allow a few more study hours than the recommended 4-5 hour per week, if you want to make the most out of this course. This is a five star course with out a doubt.
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Eric Z
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This course has been amazing. Dr. Budd fosters an atmosphere of belonging and inclusion, and he's super competent, accessible, and friendly. As a current practitioner of HR, looking to keep my knowledge up to date, I have been amazed at the quality content of this course and Dr. Bus's uncanny ability to teach very clearly. I recommend this course to anyone!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This was amazing and I was able to learn a lot. From what I’ve learnt I believe have laid a good foundation on how to be a good manager. Also looking at Human Resource Management showed me how important the work of the HR manager is to the organization. I also learnt different managerial styles. What managers can and cannot do. Also how to tray the employees. I’m happy to say this course gave me the right skill to be a manager.
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Anonymous
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It was a great course, with and excellent professor, J. Budd did a great job, the course content es very instructional, notwithstanding the most of the information is related to the US, the concepts and principles are very useful, thank you so much for the opportunity to learn something really important.
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David P
David completed this course.
This course takes a three pronged approach to managing people, which I have never seen in any other course work I have pursued. As an experienced manager of people with over 25 years experience I would recommend this course to seasoned managers as well as new managers.
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Anonymous
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this course is very helpful in upgrading leadership skills. so far i am on week 3 and all the resources and video tutorials are of great help and very easy to understand the concepts.
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Anonymous
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I would recommend it not only for HR beginners but to all HR practitioners who wants to update themselves. New HR insights are explained from different perspective - most students come from different countries with different HR practices.
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Good course. Insightful, feeding you with all the loopholes in HR and more. Great tutors/ mentors. Short videos with so much knowledge to grasp.
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I really enjoyed taking this course. Professor Budd took a great time simplifying the course for beginners' understanding and setting a foundational background to managing human resource. This course serve my purpose.
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this course provide interesting overview in very practical way.. I really recommend this course - either to professional HR or any manager, I take this course as an extension to my current studies
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It was very interesting to learn the this course as it provided the best knowledge about HRM. Now I feel confident to manage people in any organisation. thanks
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I started to work as an Office Manager & HR Assistant in 2019, more than 1 year ago. But as I didn't have background on it (I took Tourism and the whole professional experience was around it), I thought that maybe this was the reason I couldn't find another job. I was trying to find another job because I didn't see any future in the current place to grow as an HR professional and learn more about it. I had to take my Easter vacation (1 week) even during these Corona virus times, so I decided to invest on myself and started this course. I thought: "Why not? I have to be home anyway. Let's at least make it worth it!". I was able to make it in 1 week! It was great how it explained the beginnings and history of HR. I feel like I've learnt some key definitions and strategies, a general view of what HR is, but of course this is a basic option to start. I'm looking forward to specialize myself deeper. Thanks to the University of Minnesota for this!
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Priyanka G
Priyanka completed this course.
Dear Prof. Budd,

Thank you so much for the wonderful course designed by you and your team at Carlson School of Management, Minnesota. I thoroughly enjoyed your lectures and the way you delivered the concepts with example and analogies. Also, must say the inputs from you and the industry stalwarts are very valuable. Your blog makes a good read and is a wonderful source of information. Thank you once again for making the course interesting.

I recommend this course to anyone who wants to begin a career in HR or is looking for a career change into HRM.

Regards

Priyanka
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Anonymous
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Dear Professor Budd,

Thank you so much for this amazing, well-designed course. My special thanks goes to the team of Carlson School of Management, Minnesota. I enjoyed your lectures and think that it is useful for both experienced HR and beginners in this field. I liked the comprehensive approach toward managing human resources and underlining the importance of aligning company strategy with HR function. I definitely recommend it to other learners.

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Thank you for the great course, I think it's very well for both beginners and experienced HR based on the root-cause sharing in Economics, Psychology, Sociology and the grand view from professionals of great companies, so that beginners would have a fundamental understanding/direction and experienced HR could have a very good summary linking to practice. Also very interesting as I enjoyed! Thanks to all the peers and Professor Budd.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This was an amazing course! Provided a really in Depth look at almost all the necessary Components of Recruitment, Selection and Onboarding.

I have been involved in HR for over 3 years, and am still working in HR. I found this course to be extremely value adding to my career, and my understanding of one of the key HR functions - Recruitment and Selection.

Definitely recommended for HR students, HR Professionals, or even Teachers.
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Anonymous
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This course is really very comprehensive. Anyone can master this course with time and dedication. The explanations are lucid and the animations used in the video lectures make things easier to understand. Human Resources is all about managing people, caring for them and developing them. And, this course helps in understanding and developing the human value in organizations. I highly recommend this course to anyone and everyone!
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