In our previous post, we shared some of the top free learning resources for beginner and advanced human resources professionals. Below, we outline some of the best online courses you can take to improve your knowledge and skills in strategic human resource management.

General HR strategy and management

Strategic Human Resources

Lynda (Catherine Mattice Zundel) | 55 minutes | Paid course

HR expert Catherine Mattice defines the components of strategic HR planning, including assessing current needs, forecasting the future, and supporting the overall organizational strategy and vision.

Human Resources Foundations

Lynda (Wayne Cascio) | 56 minutes | Paid course

In this course, HR expert Wayne Cascio provides a comprehensive guide to the field of human resources, from attracting, interviewing, and hiring candidates to establishing a pay strategy and creating systems for internal training, development, and performance management.

Fundamentals of Human Resources

Alison | 1-2 hours | Free certificate

Lessons examine the various functions of HRM in organizations including responsibilities and objectives, the employment cycle, job analysis, recruitment and selection, and performance appraisal as well as employee relations and managing change within the workplace.

Diploma in Human Resources

Alison | 10-15 hours | Free certificate

This course will help you better understand recruitment, selection and appraisal processes, gain knowledge of different cultures and ethics, manage change within an organization, and demonstrate the best ways to manage employees.

Human Resources Management

New Jersey Institute of Technology | 26 video lectures | No certificate

Covers basic HR concepts including recruitment, selection, EEO, training, labour relations, and human resources information systems. HRM practices in technology-based firms are studied in detail. Available on iTunes only.

Managing Social and Human Capital

Coursera (University of Pennsylvania: The Wharton School) | 2-3 hrs/week | Paid certificate

Based on their popular course at Wharton, this course will teach you how to motivate individual performance and design reward systems, how to design jobs and organize work for high performance, how to make sound management decisions, and how to design and change your organization’s architecture.

Preparing to Manage Human Resources

Coursera (University of Minnesota) | 4 weeks (4-5 hrs/week) | Paid certificate

This course provides a foundation for developing your ability to skilfully manage employees by illustrating alternative human resource management (HRM) strategies, introducing the importance of the legal context, and thinking about what motivates employees.

Strategic HR Management

MIT | Lecture notes only | No certificate

This course is about both the design and execution of human resource management strategies. Learn how to think systematically and strategically about aspects of managing an organization’s human assets, and what really needs to be done to implement these policies to achieve a competitive advantage.

In our next post, we’ll delve into free online courses you can take that are related to recruiting and hiring.

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