The effective management of human resources is critical to sustained competitive advantage in an increasingly deregulated, global, and knowledge-driven corporate environment. This course identifies the key role of human resources management in the organization's effort to create value and explores its link with competitive strategy. Environmental and legal factors that affect decision-making and utilization of human resources are examined. Special emphasis is placed on effective organizational staffing, strategically directed performance management, and compensation and incentive systems that focus employees' efforts on organizational success. We will also examine programs and policies that encourage employee learning and development, facilitate the use of distributed know-how, and leverage the associated skill and knowledge for organizational advantage. The course will frame the issues and student learning around the needs of general middle and senior managers. Prerequisites: BOAH 2409 Organizational Behavior.