Human Resources

The human resources (“HR”) function is at the forefront of a company’s efforts with respect to two of the key elements of organizational design—people and organizational structure.  While HR practices differ around the world, it would seem to be universally true that in order for companies to successfully achieve their strategic goals and objectives they must strive to attract, motivate, and retain those employees who are best qualified to carry out the necessary activities of the company and make sure that they are placed into the right spots in the most effective organizational structure.  The traditional role of HR was perceived as being largely administrative—recruiting and interviewing prospective employees, administering benefit plans and writing policies—and is often referred to as the “personnel administration” approach; however, forward thinking companies now realize that the HR function must be part of the company’s strategic planning activities and that HR leaders must engage in what is common referred to as “human resources management”, or “HRM”, strategy, and proactively suggest new policies and initiatives to the senior executives of the company to ensure that the company has access to appropriate knowledge and talent in each of the markets where it is active. The personality profile for HR managers and specialists has also changed radically in recent years due to the fact that the HR function now provides a wide array of services to persons throughout the company’s organizational structure including training and development, job analysis, oversight of workplace conditions and mediation of disputes between employees and the company.

The Sustainable Entrepreneur’s Library of Resources for Human Resources consists of one Part which provides an introduction to HRM that includes discussions of the scope and importance of HRM; the development and evolution of HRM; activities of the HR function; HR documents, practices and systems; strategic planning for HR; organizing and managing the HR function; the role of the HR function and the specific activities that fall within the usual scope of the duties and responsibilities of HR personnel; and cross-cultural studies of HRM including comparisons of human resources practices and policies in different countries and HRM in developing countries.

PROJECT PUBLICATIONS

Practicing Human Resources Management: A Guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Project Articles on Human Resources

MANAGEMENT TOOLS

Checklists and Questionnaires

Human Resources Self-Audit Questionnaire

Training Materials

Employee Recognition Programs

Employee Training and Development

Employee Handbooks (BCI)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Books

HRM’s Role in Corporate Social and Environmental Sustainability

Human Resource Management

Handbook of Resource Management (Teaching Notes)

Legal Compliance Checkups: Business Clients

Business Counselor’s Law & Compliance Practice Manual

Chapters or Articles in Books

Designing and Implementing Training Programs

Evolution of Human Resources Management and Information Systems

International Human Resource Management

Strategic Human Resource Management

Strategic Training

Articles in Journals

Conceptual Framework of International Human Resources Management Practices

Cross-Cultural Factors in Human Resource Management

Defining Sustainability and Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management Practices in Multinationals

Human Resources Management in Strategic Sustainability

Reward and Incentive Systems in German Entrepreneurial Firms

Papers

Benchmarks for International Human Resources

How Emerging Markets are Changing the Global HR Agenda

HRM Practices and Firm Innovation Performance

Human Resource Management in the Asia-Pacific Region

Workplace Flexibility in the 21st Century

Government and Other Public Domain Publications

Comparative Labor Relations

Online Databases

Business Transactions Solution

WEBINARS AND PODCASTS

West Legal Ed Center:  Click here for list of all programs presented by the Business Counselor Institute, an affiliate of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project, on West Legal Ed Center. Programs relating to human resources include several videos prepared for the Beyond the Bar training initiative and the following webinars (available on demand):

Business Counselor Institute on West Legal Ed Center

  • Employee Handbooks and Policies (06.2016)
  • Counseling the Human Resources Function (09.16)

Beyond the Bar Training Programs

  • Counseling the Human Resources Function
  • Agreements and Procedures for New Employees
  • Employee Handbooks and Policies
  • Independent Contractors
  • Employment Agreements
  • Employee Confidentiality and Innovations Agreements
  • Employee Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation Agreements
  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Discipline and Termination
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Workplace Privacy and Safety
  • FLSA/Wage and Hour Rules