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OBHR 428: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Fall, 2010 Instructor : Professor Chris Berger Office Hours: After Class or by appointment Administrative Assistant: Brenda Allie Office: Krannert 430 Rawls 4015 e-mail: [email protected] Phone: 496-6812 e-mail: [email protected] Course Objectives: The object of this course is to introduce you to, help you learn, and learn to apply modern Human Resource Management (HRM) policies and practices. As such, we are interested in how HRM can be used to create and implement competitive advantages in different types of firms, and how and to what degree Human Resources can increase the effectiveness of the firm. Based on the best available theory, empirical research, and organizational practice we will work to develop a sound understanding of the capabilities (and limits) of leading edge Human Resource Management. The course is taught from the perspective of the general manager, rather than an HRM specialist. As such it focuses on the application and effects of HR policies and practices as opposed to the creation of such technology. The course is also designed to increase each student’s personal knowledge and skills needed to guide their own careers, and to play constructive roles as managers. Topics focusing on the nature of managerial work, recruiting, selection, performance appraisal, compensation, employee benefits, and others are designed to help students understand how they will be affected by each of these systems, and the roles they must play as managers responsible for executing each of these systems. “ You are responsible for your own career ”. The more knowledge you have the more successfully you will be able to manage your career. Implicit in these objectives is my concern for each student’s professional and personal development. I would like to see each of you be very aware of your role in managing the firm’s human resources (whether your job is in the HR function or not), as well as being knowledgeable and skilled in various human resource issues that will affect you, your career, and the people with whom you work. To be effective in this end, each student must play an active role in his/her own development. Many of the specific assignments and policies detailed below are designed to this end. At multiple points during the course, I will seek your input and feedback on a more formal basis. I also invite you to tell me about your concerns, interests and needs at any point during the course. Policies: A. Attendance: Attendance is required. Many things that we work on in class are not available in other sources (e.g. case analysis, discussion and debates, skill- building exercises). Therefore it is necessary for you to attend every class. I recognize that there will be some circumstances under which you will not be able
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to attend. Therefore, you may have three absences for any reason, without penalty. Note that “any reason” includes site visits to employers, health reasons, oversleeping, etc. After three absences, each absence (for any reason) will result
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