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Syllabus ORLJ 5003: Human Resource Management Teachers College, Columbia University Fall 2009 Page 1 of 13 Professor: Dr. Michael N. Bazigos Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Adjunct Faculty Email: [email protected] Faculty Website ( <<<- CTRL + click to follow link) Schedule: Monday evenings, 5:10 p.m. (Section 1) and 7:20 p.m. (Section 2) Location: 438 HM Note : Switching sections in a given week is not permitted. Office Hours: Monday evenings by appointment, phone conferences available Course Description Contrasting starkly to a view of humans as units of production, a worldwide shift in managerial philosophy recasts humans in the workplace as mission-critical resources to achieve the organization’s performance objectives. Implications of this shift are far-reaching and profound, challenging embedded belief systems of yore, and affecting established practices in human resource management (HRM). Throughout this course, the tension between workforce cost and organizational performance driven by an engaged workforce will be explored. So will the concomitant shift of HRM as it struggles to move from the sole mission of the “attraction, motivation and retention” of people to one that also attempts a line of sight to organizational value (e.g., David Ulrich’s “strategic partner role”) – but without becoming in either case a blind agent of the Chief Financial Officer (e.g., Dilbert’s evil HR director character). At stake is the very identity of the function, and the eyes of its soul – with implications for the employee, customer/beneficiary, shareholder/investor and community alike. Against this backdrop, shifts in the psychological contract between employer and employee during a worldwide economic recession are emerging. These tensions will be emphasized throughout the course. As importantly, and more pragmatically, learning the practice of HRM – its fundamentals, and exploring state-of- the art approaches and best practices will form the core of the course. The ultimate purpose is to provide you with a solid understanding of theory, research, and practice in HRM. Through a combination of reading, class participation, lectures, casework, group work, possible executive guests, research, analysis, insight generation and presentation, this course will allow you to: learn the fact base, i.e., understand and use fundamental theories and concepts in HR; recognize opportunities to apply HR management tools to a variety organizational problems, issues, and consulting projects; understand the role HR professionals play in organizations, and the practical application challenges they face; think strategically about business problems for which HR plays a pivotal role; and recognize practices and conditions affecting employee engagement in the workforce.
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Syllabus ORLJ 5003: Human Resource Management Teachers College, Columbia University Fall 2009 Page 2 of 13 Syllabus Contents Course prerequisite Grading
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