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Managing change under the spotlight

Published: 8 March 2006

A new Masters programme at the University of Southampton aims to give Human Resources (HR) professionals the tools to tackle the challenges of managing change within an increasingly international work environment.

The School of Management will be offering this innovative postgraduate degree, aimed at senior HR executives with around five years experience, from October 2006. It will enable students to meet new Advanced Practitioner Standards of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Dr Nicholas Clarke will be leading the MSc in Human Resource Strategies.

He said: "The world of work is rapidly changing and many companies and organisations are facing a time of uncertainty. Understanding the challenges of people management at this time is crucial for success. We know many mergers and re-structures fail dismally and most change management programmes hit problems because managers do not take people issues seriously enough. Our course aims to explore these themes in depth and develop knowledge and skills so professionals can devise better ways forward."

The programme includes strategic HR management and development, organisational change, research methods, consultancy skills and an international unit involving a week at a French 'grande ecole' in Toulouse.

"We will be able to draw upon the resources of the highly-rated School of Management within one of the UK's leading research-led universities," added Dr Clarke. "I am sure the Masters in HR Strategies will produce leading-edge research in this vitally-important field."

Notes for editors

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