Imagine you are the HR director of a growing international staffing organization that services both North America and South America.

Week 1 Discussion: Human Resource Management and Project Management

You are a project manager for a large hospitality firm (e.g., Marriott International) who will be in charge of the firm’s HQ office relocation. You have been asked to speak to the HR staff about the move and many of them have very little understanding of project management. Also, they are fearful that this project will end up being a failure since other projects have failed at the firm. Explain to them the key elements of project management and its relationship to human resources management (HRM). Be sure that your explanation curtails their fears of project management.

Week 2 Discussion: Strategic Planning and Organizational Restructuring

Imagine you are the HR director of a growing international staffing organization that services both North America and South America. The CEO has come to grips that the HR group, which is currently decentralized, is in need of restructuring to account for the expected increase in revenues. The CEO has asked for your opinion on how to best restructure the firm. Based upon your knowledge, recommend an organizational structure (e.g., functional, matrix, or projectized) that will provide growth for the firm. Also, assess the influence that this project will have on the customers (who are located throughout the Americas) that are serviced by the HR group.