MGT8034 Strategic Management of Human Resources and Innovation
Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at <http://www.usq.edu.au/ict/students/standards/default.htm>.
In the context of an ever faster changing world, organisations are required to continuously find better ways of operating. Innovation has almost become an imperative for organisations to survive and compete in a global world where the competitive landscape is constantly changing. Whilst most leaders and managers of organisations will agree that aspects like creativity and innovation are essential to the survival and success of modern-day organisations, many struggle to build organisations that are innovative. This course develops the strategic thinking and decision-making abilities of students, specifically in relation to innovation and the achievement of innovative organisational outcomes through the human resources of organisations. The focus is on the alignment of people management related decisions and practices with general organisational strategy and with the aim of building innovative organisations. Special emphasis is given to strategic choices facing the organisation in respect of human resource management issues as these relate to being competitive through innovation. In particular the relationship to aspects such as business and general organisational strategy, organisational capabilities and architecture and the match or fit of internal and external environments are investigated as these apply to human resources and organisational innovation. These perspectives are developed through investigating and exploring an appropriate blend of contemporary theory and practice.