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Course Number: 91-878

Human Capital Management

Units: 6

The purpose of this course is to enhance your understanding of human capital in organizations in order to assist in your development as an effective organizational leader. It is your “people skills” that will ultimately have the most impact on your ability to have sustainable success in the workplace. This course focuses on the essential practices of human capital and how those practices impact organizational performance. This course will involve readings, lectures, cases and experiential exercises.

As human capital becomes increasingly important to business success, future organization leaders must be as adept at competing for talent and building and deploying talent resources. Students aspiring to become management executives will find this class useful in providing sound principles of human capital to make better decisions about the talent in their organizations. Leaders must connect the investments in human capital management (such as training, leadership, career development, staffing and organizational design) to the critical pivot points that affect the organization’s strategic success. They must learn to achieve organizational success by skillfully using the leverage provided by human capital management.

Students aspiring to be human capital managers will find this class useful in creating a logical and tangible connection between their work and the success of the organization. The class positions human capital leaders as partners in talent decisions, working with business executives to affect the core mission and strategic outcomes of their organization.

The class proceeds from the premise that managers must learn to enhance their decisions about human capital in their respective organizations. In smaller organizations, there may be no human capital staff available and thus every employee is expected to develop and implement policies and practices that relate to managing the human assets in the firm.

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