About This Book

This textbook is an adaptation of a project management book, and has been re-designed specifically for students studying Human Resources. The purpose of this textbook is to provide a free resource to college students studying Project Management (PM) principals as they relate to Human Resources.  By linking Project Management to Human Resources, the text is able to show the important role that Human Resources play at a strategic level. Human Resources focuses on people, both organizing them and managing them to achieve project success.

The book is comprised of eleven chapters which can be delivered over a one semester course. Each chapter discusses a project management concept in the context of the Human Resources field. The chapters themselves cover the definition of Project Management and its cycles and elements. It also describes Project Management from an organizational perspective including the effect of culture and structure on Project Management. The five steps of the processes are then discussed individually in different chapters, in addition to the sub-processes such as: budgeting, scheduling, international PM, and communication. Both the project manager and the project team are introduced, separately, so that their characteristics and relationship are appreciated. Thereafter, in the last chapter, Agile Project Management is presented as a contrast to traditional Project Management.

The text discusses the strategic role Human Resources plays in Project Management, either in a strategic direct way or a supportive indirect way.  The text includes recruitment and selection, training and development, career counselling and coaching, communication, managing, and evaluation and assessment as it weaves through the reading and learning of Project Management.

The text delivers all the necessary knowledge and skills to align Project Management and Human Resources.  The text is organized into eleven chapters covering the project management process including the life cycle, risk management, scheduling resources, and budgets. This unique educational resource includes the following:

  1. Various Human Resources roles as a support to projects, or how they can be directly involved with the project team and the project
  2. Critical thinking and reflective thinking activities for students
  3. HR in Focus sections
  4. Easy to follow steps and processes for Human Resources Specialists to implement throughout the project cycle
  5. Check your Knowledge question and answers for each chapter
  6. Chapter Key Terms
  7. Supplemental Resources for student assignments.
  8. Video resources have been embedded in the text, and are listed at the end of the text.

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