Task 1

Introduction to Human Resource Management

Course Outcomes explored in this module:

    • Describe the fundamental aspects of human resource management.
    • Describe the strategic importance of human resource management (HRM) activities performed in organizations.
    • Give examples of career opportunities available in the HRM field.
    • Compare the role that specialists and operating managers play in performing HRM activities.
    • Summarize the main objectives pursed by HRM units in organizations.

In this task we will explore the role of human resource management in today’s environment and in the HR world of tomorrow.

Human Resource Management can trace its humble beginnings to the field of Personnel Administration which emerged in the United States around the 1920s. Personnel Administration was focused on the technical side of hiring, evaluating, training and compensating employees. The field of Human Resource Management, which we are focused on in this term, formally emerged in the late 1970s as a response to pressures from globalization, deregulations and changes in technology.

Watch the Lynda course Human Resources Fundamentals (56mins.)

  • Watch the Lynda course Administrative Human Resources Fundamentals (56 minutes)
  • Download all “Exercise Files” found under video viewing area of this Lynda course. (you can use these throughout this course to complete the assignments.)

Using what you have now learned from the Lynda videos and your reading, write a 1 to 2 page paper focused on why the Human Resource department plays such a significant role in organizational strategy.

Remember: All writing must be supported by academic literature and will be in APA format during this course. You must cite each and every sentence in which you used materials from your academic literature. Your work will be checked for academic integrity by the Turnitin system. For a great breakdown of academic literature, please visit: https://www.lib.unb.ca/research/success/understanding.php

PLEASE DO NOT USE Wikipedia, Ask.com, Articlebase, businessdictionary.com, eHow, smallbusiness.chron.com, term paper websites, etc. From time-to-time, the professor my point out other sources that are not reliable academic sources.

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