Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers Specialization

Starts Nov 16

Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers Specialization

Become a better manager of people. Develop strategies and skills for hiring, managing performance, and rewarding employees.

About This Specialization

Do you have people reporting to you that need managing? Or perhaps you want to consider a career in human resources? Or freshen up your HR knowledge? This specialization provides a robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management. The specialization begins with a foundational course that considers alternative approaches to managing human resources, provides a background to the U.S. legal context in which employees are hired, fired, rewarded, and managed, and outlines the different reasons that people are motivated to work. The remaining three courses tackle three core areas that all managers should understand: hiring employees, evaluating their performance, and rewarding them. Throughout the courses, an accessible, scientific approach is embraced such that best practices and practical tips are informed by research, but presented in accessible, applied ways. Upon completing the specialization, learners will have a deeper understanding of what works in the workplace, including a toolkit of best practices for hiring, managing, and rewarding employees. The specialization will be valuable for managers and entrepreneurs taking on these responsibilities as well as anyone else interested in the fundamental principles of human resource management. The Capstone Project will provide an opportunity to apply this knowledge to a real situation, including your own organization or work unit if desired.

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5 courses

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Projects Overview

Beginner Specialization.
No prior experience required.
  1. COURSE 1

    Preparing to Manage Human Resources

    4 weeks of study, 4 - 5 hours/week
    English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic

    About the Course

    One way or another, all employees are managed. But approaches to managing employees varying from employee-to-employee, job-to-job, manager-to-manager, organization-to-organization, and country-to-country. This course provides a fo
  2. COURSE 2

    Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Employees

    4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
    English, Vietnamese, Korean

    About the Course

    Finding and hiring the right people is often cited as the number one concern of businesses today. It seems we are all competing for the best and brightest workers. As you will see in our time together in the second course, a critical componen
  3. COURSE 3

    Managing Employee Performance

    4 weeks of study, 3-5 hours/week
    English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic

    About the Course

    Once you have hired good employees, the next step that successful people managers take is to develop the full potential of their employees. Performance management is a process that helps managers achieve the goal of getting the best from their em
  4. COURSE 4

    Managing Employee Compensation

    4 weeks of study, 2-4 hours/week
    English, Vietnamese

    About the Course

    How do I pay employees? And how do I get paid? This course covers how to pay employees. We begin by asking: "What kind of a person do I need to attract, retain, and motivate for my business to succeed?" From here, we'll explain how to translate
  5. COURSE 5

    Human Resources Management Capstone: HR for People Managers

    Upcoming session: Dec 31
    7 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week
    English, Italian, Arabic

    About the Capstone Project

    This specialization provides a robust introduction to the key principles, policies, and practices of human resource management, with a focus on understanding managerial choices and constraints, acquiring and onboarding talent, managing employee perf


  • University of Minnesota

    The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota has been an international leader in human resources education and research since 1945, and offers one of the world’s very best Master's programs in human resources and industrial relations.

    The University of Minnesota is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

  • John W. Budd

    John W. Budd

    Professor and Director
  • Alan Benson

    Alan Benson

    Assistant Professor
  • Larry Bourgerie

    Larry Bourgerie

    Senior Lecturer
  • Stacy Doepner-Hove

    Stacy Doepner-Hove

    Director, Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program
  • Mike Davis

    Mike Davis

    Senior Lecturer
  • Amy Simon

    Amy Simon

    Senior Lecturer