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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.

    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...
  • 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.

    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
    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...
  • 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 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
    I am from Guyana, thank you for a wonderful lessons. I appreciated your caring disposition and teaching style.
  • 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.

    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
    I thoroughly enjoyed this course and found all the videos easy to follow and the additional reading from the blogs helped with the understanding of the material presented. I would highly recommend this course to anyone seeking a career path in Human Resources!
  • Anonymous
    If you want to know what HR is all about in a detailed, well presented and accessible nutshell, this course will do just that. The videos and articles are concise but very informative and the quizzes are fair. This course was put together very efficiently.
  • 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.
  • 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 learnt so much

    I enjoyed the classes

    It was very informative and useful

    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity

    The modules were captivating

    The course break down was awesome

    I love everything about it
  • Anonymous
    very beneficial course , will help you , Vital for all managers especially HR and after completed the course will gain the knowledge, experience for people and you will see and listen to expert on the field .
  • Anonymous
    The course was very stimulating for a beginner like me and I would recommend it to everyone interested in starting with the much-needed basics or refreshing their existing knowledge.
  • Anonymous
    I started this course couple weeks ago. It was challenging. It talk about a wide range of strategies. But in the end it was worth it. I am proud to pass it with 97% grades.
  • Anonymous
    This was a great course. It gave me good insight about the different aspects of HR management and leadership styles.

    Highly recommend.
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this class and nice lecture. Hope this knowledge will contribute something to improve career..

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