MGMT 4010 – Fall 2011 – Version 1.0
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO - BOULDER
LEEDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Employee Relations – MGMT 4010
Dr. Tracy Jennings
KOBL 330 – 9:30-10:45 (001) and 11:00-12:15 (002)
Wednesday - 8:30-10:30 and by appointment.
(preferred means of communication)
(all reading on reserve in Leeds Library)
Custom edition of Gomez-Mejia: Managing Human Resources.
Case Studies can be purchased on-line from Harvard Business School Press:
Additional readings are posted on CU Learn under “readings” link.
Code of Conduct
Hard work, personal responsibility, and ethical actions.
In addition, the class will develop its own social
contract based on class consensus (e.g., cell phone texting and computer use, personal attacks, etc.)
Employee Relations is a set of practices and knowledge that ensures the fair and consistent treatment of
Employee relations practices are rooted in the belief that fairly treated employees are more
likely to help organizations realize their mission, vision, and goals.
The course begins with an exploration
of how employee relations practices impact the culture of an organization.
Next, we cover employment
practices that help employers comply with employment law.
Finally, we examine the tools that the
manager can use to improve employee relations.
This is a senior level course.
As such, you will be responsible for mastering much of the content on your
I will also assume that you are familiar with principals of management from your other coursework.
Our class time will be used to work through case studies, to debate issues, and to further explore
questions that arise in this fascinating field.
Compare, contrast, and evaluate the differences between EEO law, diversity programs, and
Affirmative Action policies.
Articulate programs and policies that will help an organization prevent discrimination and address
discrimination if it occurs.
Understand and evaluate the impact of employee involvement programs:
teams, worker involvement in the design of EI programs, TQM, committees on productivity,
worker involvement in work processes, suggestion or complaint systems, information-sharing with
employees, and opinion surveys.
Understand environmental safety and health regulations and their impact in the workplace.