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Purdue Master's

Krannert Full-Time MBA | Human Resource Management Concentration

The Krannert full time Human Resource Management (HR) Option is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of various HR topics and their relationship to individual and organizational performance. The HR track is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources Management.

Students interested in pursuing the HR track must complete the following courses:

OBHR 63100: Human Resource Systems (should be taken 1st year, 2nd module)

An overview of selected human resource activities/systems for the future human resource professional. Emphasis will be placed on building skills in areas that will provide a foundation for future coursework in human resources management. Topics covered include planning and forecasting human resource needs, job analysis, design and evaluation of training systems, design of performance appraisal systems, and safety and health in the workplace.

OBHR 64400: Staffing Tools

This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the methods used in staffing and selection processes. Methods used to evaluate individuals (e.g., ability tests) as well as methods used to evaluate selection and promotion tools (e.g. reliability, validity, and utility) will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the processes of designing, administering, revising, and evaluating selection programs that comply with government regulation as well as add value to the organization. This course is designed for the future human resource professional. Topics covered include: legal guidelines, reliability, validity, utility analysis, and evaluation of selection techniques.

OBHR 64500: Staffing Systems

This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the methods used in staffing and selection processes. Methods used to evaluate individuals (e.g., ability tests) as well as methods used to evaluate selection and promotion tools (e.g. reliability, validity, and utility) will be studied. Emphasis will be placed on the processes of designing, administering, revising, and evaluating selection programs that comply with government regulation as well as add value to the organization. This course is designed for the future human resource professional. Topics covered include: legal guidelines, reliability, validity, utility analysis, and evaluation of selection techniques.

OBHR 64200: Compensation and Reward Systems I

This is the first course in a two-course sequence focusing on the use of rewards to achieve organizational objectives. Special emphasis is given to financial compensation as an important reward, in the attraction, retention, motivation, and development of human resources. The course is designed to discuss how compensation systems relate to the business strategies, human resources systems, and other organizational processes. We will seek to build competence in methods of measuring and valuing work and other contributions to the organizations, the design of pay structures, including job-based pay systems, skill-based pay systems, and market-pricing systems. Assessment and measurement of compensation in the external labor market. Legal compliance issues, including public policy relating to pay discrimination. This course should be considered as laying the foundation for the treatment of pay for performance systems (including merit pay, piece rates, productivity gainsharing, profit sharing), special groups compensation (notably sales force employees, senior executives, and international employees), and employee benefits. These topics will be covered in OBHR 643.

OBHR 64000: Industrial Relations

An in-depth examination of labor unions and the collective bargaining process. Topics include understanding how and why unions form, labor law, causes of strikes, and impasse resolution techniques. The capstone of the course is a mock collective bargaining game, which helps students understand the dynamics of bargaining power; preparation of labor contract demands, and negotiation tactics. Students who may work for a unionized firm or interact with unions in any capacity are especially encouraged to take this course.