Head of specialization: Dr. Raphael Snir
What is human resource management?
Some important functions are relevant to any type of manager: planning, organization, creating a staff of employees, leadership and monitoring. Human resource management is made up of policy and practice with respect to "the people" or the human resource in management. In other words, this refers to the aspects of staffing positions in an organization, training employees, evaluating employee performance, motivating employees and more. Academic literature on human resources describes the current period as one of accelerated change that has a major impact on defining objectives, structure and how organizations work. This change is mainly due to globalization, the advance of technology and its impact on how work is done , and the greater diversity of the work force and changes in principles (e.g. equal opportunity requirements). As a result of the accelerated change, organizations are forced to operate in a turbulent and competitive environment that includes an inherent element of uncertainty. Given these environmental conditions, the importance of human resources has grown as a potential source of relative advantage vis-à-vis competitors. Moreover, human resources managers need to be involved in the process of defining the business strategy and deriving the appropriate human resource strategy from it. In other words, they must adapt standard human resources practices to specific organizational needs, while keeping the organization-wide picture in perspective. In light of this, there is a real need for a specialization in human resource management.
Advantages of the specialization
This specialization will help students find work in the human resources departments of organizations and at organizational development institutes. Furthermore, the program can serve as the foundation for an MA in human resources management, organizational behavior and organizational consulting. This means that the specialization is designed to increase student’s future occupational potential as well as provide those who are interested with the possibility of continuing on to graduate studies.
All applicants who were accepted at the School and registered for the specialization may take it. Studies in the specialization actually begin in students' second year and take place on the Yaffo campus.
Structure and length of specialization
The specialization comprises a total of 10 credit units (10 hours a semester) on account of all electives in the school:
1. Introduction to human resource management - 2 credit units (2 semester hours)
2. Personnel selection, training and assessment in organizations - 4 credit units (4 semester hours)
3. Leadership and motivating employees - 2 credit units (2 semester hours)
4. Organizational development - 2 credit units (2 semester hours)
The program comprise a total of 112 credit units.
The program consists of 102 credit units - classes in economics and management and 10 credit units in specialization-specific courses