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Human Resource Management (HRM) describes the process of managing people within organisations. To study in this area you should have a genuine interest in the practices and processes of organisations and how they influence people; in other words, the human side of organisations.
Managing people effectively, so they contribute to the organisation while being able to satisfy their own needs, is vital for any organisation that wants to retain its competitive edge. Massey University offers New Zealand's most comprehensive teaching programme in HRM. There are papers in human resource development, human resource management, employment relations, employment law, equal employment opportunity, management development, current issues in HRM, and organisational behaviour. Students can also undertake their own projects.
The study of people at work brings to light the relevant skills and techniques required for effective employee management. We look at how employee recruitment and selection, and how work is designed and measured so that an organisation can create value from its employees.
The programme offers theoretical content, providing a framework for these ideas and techniques. This combination of theory and practice enables you to evaluate the ideas and relate them to your experience and the activities that take place in organisations.
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