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University of Minnesota

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

University of Minnesota via Coursera


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.


  • 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.

Taught by

John W. Budd


4.9 rating, based on 140 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 8970 ratings

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  • I loved this course, explained very well and detailed, I liked Recruiting, Hiring & Onboarding course very much, socially Amy- she was up to the mark and explained everything very well.

    If you are new in HR or recruitment, you must take this course which helps you to think from different mind sets and this course can surely enhanced your skills.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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...
  • Success Chukwueke
    I feel like a kid on a Christmas eve! I am delighted to share that I have just completed a course on Preparing to Manage Human Resources. It was such a beautiful ride and I am very grateful to coursera for giving me such valuable knowledge through Professor John W. Budd. Now, I know all it takes to manage human capital the right way, the best Hr startegy to operate with, policies to work with, how to manage unionized employees, employment Laws, the best ways to get employees to be loyal to an Organization and lots more. I am really happy to have acquired all of these knowledge and more. Thank you Coursera!!!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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...
  • Anonymous
    You wouldn't know how rich the contents of this course are until you are submerged in it. I couldn't believe the hours I spent during each active session to see the end of this course. You can't imagine it!
    Many thanks to Prof John Budd, University of Minnesota, and COURSERA.

    _Opeyemi Oluwaseun Olojo
    Very interesting and detailed course on HR. Specialization. learnt how and what to check when hiring . Also learnt about the dangers of not hiring the wrong person. learnt how to onboard recruiters in the organization. kindly take this course it will do you a lot of good.
    God bless you
  • Anonymous
    I love this course. It thoroughly discusses crucial issues in human resources management.

    Throughout this course, you will learn by different sources: reading materials, videos, and quizzes. If an individual is interested in HR, this course is a great choice.
  • Anonymous
    This course helped me view things in the work place as a whole and has helped me become more strategic in the ways I manage my work as well as my employees. Such a great experience can't wait to begin my journey with learning more here at Coursea.
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    Ng Hoang
    This course has some value information that extremely reasonable to enroll in! Although some video mostly about US law and norm which are not really related to my place, in general, I feel this course has enough knowledge to be useful for my career.
  • Nina Shanshieva is taking this course right now.

    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!
  • Anonymous
    I loved this course. It was helpful and Professor Budd is great! It took me less then 4 weeks to finish it. It has great content and with quizzes you can refresh your knowledge. Peer graded assignments are the best!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Well I must say that this has been the best course I’ve ever been part of. Professor Budd is a great instructor and provides clear and concise content, no traces of ambiguity thus its easily understandable. The course offers a broad range of knowledge that one can really put to use when caught up in an organisational type of situation that needs solutions and and good execution strategies. The course content ranges from how to be a good people’s manager, Alternative managerial styles, HR strategies, labor laws and unions, insights on why people how to effectively manage and retain those employees to say the least. All in all, it’s a great Course and learning platform and I highly recommend it. Good luck!
  • Anonymous
    This course is really an insightful one. What I liked most about the course was how patient and interactive the lecturer was. If you're looking to go into HR this is definitely where you have to start from.
  • Anonymous
    The content is very easy to understand and Professor Budd made the course quite engaging with questions, quizzess, tests, and assignments. There are also peer reviews. This is such a fun and great course.
  • Anonymous
    I'm happy to share with you the review on this course (preparing to manage human resources), as graduate from bachelor of human resource management, I've seen that this course covers almost everything related to human resource management. and all the lecturers of this course has amazing experience, they make you clearly understand the course.
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    Paulina Dobrowolska
    Great course – all about HR management in one place.
    The most interesting for me was the history and the beginnings of human resources management. Very interesting material. Thank you!
  • Anonymous
    Great content! I really enjoy the course from start to finish. I am grateful for this course because it gave me a headstart on my interest in learning Human Resource Management.
  • Anonymous
    I enjoyed the course and the overview of laws and psychology as an introduction to HRM. I am looking forward to the remaining courses in the specialization.
  • Anonymous
    Great course with loaded modules!

    This course has equipped me with all necessarily tools needed in managing human resource; hiring, onboarding, knowing which employee to retain, how to motivate, train and drive effectiveness amongst employees etc...

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