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University of Minnesota

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

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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.

Taught by

John W. Budd

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  • 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...
  • 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

    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

    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!
  • Eric

    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.
  • Eric Zanconato is taking this course right now.

    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!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you professor Budd. this course has been a really eye opener for me as I’m about to start my career in Human Resources. Have learn to much in this that I can ever imagined, I love the fact you usually use real life example which makes it more easier to comprehend. Also the cartoons image are too notch, always makes me wanna watch again and again, as they give better understanding to what you teaching. Great work
  • Anonymous
    Dear professor John Budd,

    Thank you so much for such a valuable information you shared through this course. It provided me a helpful insight for what I need to consider when managing Human Resources. The approach of Economics, Sociology and Psychology in the HRM field, how Human Resources should be strategic and energizing, etc were very important o learn.
  • Anonymous
    HI, THIS IS SAQUIB KHAN , A STUDENT OF SHOOLINI UNIVERSITY, SOLAN ,INDIA , PERSUING THE MASTERS DEGREE IN HRM, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A GOOD NEWS THAT THIS PLATFORM PROVIDES WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, IT BRIDGES A GAP BETWEEN WHERE U WANT TO SEE YOUR SELF...
  • David Pike

    David Pike 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.
  • Anonymous
    finally i have finished this course. I am happy with the delivery. I'm glad I got to know the info coursera and training courses here. The instructors are all from the expert field so of course I can get a lot of knowledge about HRM, thank you very much, how do I get the certificate?
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Good course. Insightful, feeding you with all the loopholes in HR and more. Great tutors/ mentors. Short videos with so much knowledge to grasp.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous is taking this course right now.

    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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