In COMM 358 we take a high-level, strategic perspective on how to best plan, organize, develop, and manage talent to achieve organization objectives. Students will study how the strategic management of people supports the execution of strategy and the overall success of an organization. We will examine organization design and culture, factors influencing attraction, engagement, and retention of talent, as well as the evidence, techniques, and best practices for human capital development and management in an organization. We review some strategic organization decisions and their effects on the workforce, including outsourcing, restructuring, and merger and acquisition activities. Underlying these topics are the following themes set in a context of change and transformation of organizations: evidence-informed, ethical decision-making; the evaluation of HR alternatives and decisions; the impacts of decisions on people in organizations. This course will be applicable for those interested in careers in human capital or management consulting, organization development, and human resources, as well as those interested in understanding the strategic management of people in organizations more broadly. 

This course is restricted to students enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of the Commerce Program.