The need for specialist personnel or human resource managers plus line managers to effectively understand the development needs of businesses and their employees is increasing as organisational and environmental pressures for change gain momentum. This course is designed to actively prepare the student to effectively perform within a senior position in a Human Resource Development/ Organisational Change Agent function. Alternatively line managers may gain a more strategic overview of the importance of development activities within organisations via this course.
There has been an increase in the importance of employee and organisation development initiatives and interventions within businesses as many have now developed a more strategic approach to developing people than was historically the case. The student therefore needs a thorough understanding of where human resource development fits into the overall business strategy. Of chief importance Human Resource Development technologies have emerged as crucial levers in securing organisational change requiring senior practitioners to be far more competent in selecting, implementing and evaluating HRD initiatives. Within such complex business environments, the capacity to critically assess developments within the field and importantly relate practice to both underpinning theories and empirical evidence becomes paramount. This course is designed above all both through the teaching and learning strategy employed and the material covered, to equip students with the knowledge and skills to achieve this.