Institute of Public Administration and Management - University of Sierra Leone Department of Business Administration Course : HRM & Organisational Behaviour (OB) for MBA & MFA Yr 1 Course Code: CMA612 Semester/Year: 1 st Semester 2014/2015 Instructor: Hassan Elsan Mansaray Phone No: +232 76287140/+23244287140 Email Address: [email protected] 2. General Description The practice of human resource management (HRM) is concerned with all aspects of how people are employed and managed in organizations. It covers activities such as strategic HRM, human capital management, corporate social responsibility, knowledge management, organization development, resourcing (human resource planning, recruitment and selection, and talent management), performance management, learning and development, reward management, employee relations, employee well-being and health and safety and the provision of employee services. HRM practice has a strong conceptual basis drawn from the behavioural sciences and from strategic management, human capital and industrial relations theories. Organizational Behavior is the study and application of knowledge about how people, individuals, and groups act in organizations. It does this by taking a system approach. That is, it interprets people-organization relationships in terms of the whole person, whole group, whole organization, and whole social system. Its purpose is to build better relationships by achieving human objectives, organizational objectives, and social objectives. The aim of this course is to cover topics such as the evolution and context of HRM, the difference between HRM and personnel management, the concepts of fits and bundles of HRM, open and closed system, hard and soft approach of HRM. Also topics like performance management, recruitment and selection, learning and development, job and role design and development and, HR planning will be covered. The overall purpose of human resource management is to ensure that the organization is able to achieve success through people. HRM aims to increase organizational effectiveness and capability – the capacity of an organization to achieve its goals by making the best use of the resources available to it. Ulrich and Lake (1990) remarked that: ‘HRM systems can be the source of organizational capabilities that allow firms to learn and capitalize on new opportunities.’ But HRM has an ethical dimension which means that it must also be concerned with the rights and needs of people in organizations through the exercise of social responsibility. 1
3. Learning Outcome By the end of this module students will have enhance their understanding of contemporary developments in the HR field, and to critically appraise them in the light of their own professional roles/backgrounds; develop a sensitive appreciation of the importance of the contextual settings of HRM, especially as they relate to developing countries develop a range of skills associated with HRM Understand organizational behavior in its broadest multi-disciplinary context Familiarise with the theoretical and practical aspects of organizational behavior (OB).
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