Someone asked me if the traditional way of teaching Human Resource Management needed to be looked at. In the last 6.5 years that I recieved my MBA in HR, I've also thought about it quite often so this is what I wrote in my email to him:
My thoughts about HR education are as follows:
- 90% of what we are taught is not necessary to be taught.
- Knowledge is not what matters, but skills are....and therefore if MBA colleges and academia focus on building skills (based on filtering people for attitudes - that's another issue - what are the desired attitude levels of HR people?)
- Skill building focusses a huge focus on practice...industry would need to work with academia to blend in more practice areas.
- Competencies would need to be taught more on practice areas than functional areas, a model could be Dave Ulrich's model of HR Champions in which he views four kinds of HR roles.
- Change Agent
- Business Partner
- Employee Champion
- Administrative expert
- Some competencies would evolve through industry specialisation...HR in a BPO industry is different from HR in a sales driven organization.
- Of course, there would be core 'subjects' like Organizational Behavior, Labour Laws of the relevant country, Marketing, Finance, IT and Operations.
- New practice areas like HR Outsourcing, Human Capital Accounting would also need to be offered as electives.