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This course focuses on the role that the human resource function plays in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of organizational strategy and policy in a complex environment. Initially, the students will examine the context of strategic HR and develop a framework and conceptual model for the practice of strategic HR. The students then examine the actual practice and implementation of strategic HR through a discussion of strategic issues that need to be addressed and the development of specific programs and policies related to the traditional functional areas of HR (staffing, training, performance management, etc.). The course emphasizes an integrative framework that requires linkage between, as well as consistency among, these functional HR activities and requires a strategic perspective. Several strategic business tools, such as analysis and diagnosis of the external environment to identify opportunities and threats for the organization, internal analysis focusing on identifying the capabilities of the organization in terms of strengths and weaknesses and strategic alternatives and the choice process, as well as strategy implementation and its implications for the organization are woven into the approach.
Prerequisites: Human Resource Management or equivalent and at least 3 upper-level courses dealing with the functions of human resource management. This course should be taken as the last course in the student's concentration.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.
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