MHR Curriculum

The Lipscomb MHR is a 30-hour cohort program entry in August, Classes are offered in a weekend format beginning in August. All courses are 3-hour courses. Students may choose between MHR 6123 Consulting Project or ICM 5023 Mediation based on individual career goals.

MHR 6003 Designing Strategic Human Resource Systems
Human resources management is at the heart of any organization—small, large, public, or private. HR managers are under more pressure than ever to become active, strategic partners in their organizations. The effective employment, deployment and strategically managed human assets or resources is a must for firms to compete in a global and changing environment. An organization’s ability to respond and to “learn”, to be efficient and competitive, depends on the people the firm employs. Our focus will be on the impact of human resource systems such as staffing, training & development, performance management, and compensation on the strategy and performance of the firm.

MHR 6013 Organization Entry 
In order to develop and sustain a competitive advantage, an organization must be able to identify, attract, select, and retain the right people. This course will emphasize the role of job analysis in the selection process as well as government regulations affecting selection, reliability and validity of selection measures, and recruiting and selection metrics. Particular attention will be given to the evaluation of selection methods used to make hiring decisions. Additionally, socialization processes including new hire orientation and onboarding will be discussed.

MHR 6023 Human Capital Analytics 
This course is designed to expand students’ awareness about how organizational culture and climate affect organizational outcomes.  Special emphasis will be devoted to developing students’ diagnostic skills in identifying critical culture and climate elements in the workplace.  Students will learn to differentiate among culture and climate behaviors that act as enablers and detractors to financial, technical, and social metrics.  Methods of analysis, to include statistical techniques, will be covered and practiced via the case study method.  We will then examine how culture affects psychological processes and organizational behaviors including motivation, cognition, leadership, and teams.  Finally, students will learn how to use quantitative and qualitative information to design, implement, and evaluate organizational culture and climate improvement initiatives.

MHR 6033 Training and Development
This course provides an overview of human resource development to include training, organizational development, and career development. The primary focus is on how individuals and groups learn and interact within organizations. Topics include motivation, group dynamics, systems theory, psychological theory, economics theory, organizational culture, learning, and change.

MHR 6043 Evaluating Employee Performance & Reward Structures
This course provides an overview of performance management systems including performance appraisal, handling performance problems, and identifying training needs. This course will also demonstrate the art and science of designing and implementing a total rewards system. Compensation strategies such as incentive cash, stock, and benefits will be discussed. Additionally, the relationships among individual performance evaluation, compensation, motivation, and organizational performance will be examined.

MHR 6053 Emerging Issues in Human Resources
This seminar on emerging human resource issues examines global and domestic trends, the meaning of work, ethical development and decision making in a human resource setting, policy analysis tools, and case studies of selected worker categories, cross industry issues, and country-specific problems. Issues that the course could cover include: Health Care Reform, Offshoring, Ethics in Globalization, as well as other contemporary issues affecting Human Resources.

MHR 6063 Employment Law
This course provides a conceptual and functional analysis of the legal framework guiding the employee-employer relationship. Topics will include discrimination, affirmative action, sexual harassment, wages, benefits, privacy rights, health, safety, employment-at-will, layoffs, and termination.

MHR 6123 Consulting Project
This course is to be conducted as a project with your employer or another sponsor organization. This course is designed to be a hands-on experience working with an actual business issue. You will be expected to lead a human resources project that will identify an issue(s) facing your organization, develop alternatives for the issue(s), analyze those alternatives then based on your analysis develop and propose an implementation process for your solution.

ICM 5003 Survey of Conflict Management
This course is designed to offer a basic introduction to the concepts, instruments, functions and theories of modern conflict management techniques. First, we will begin with a discussion of interpersonal conflict and its causes. Second, we will look at various forms of business conflict and the legal system’s impact on them. Third, we will examine the process of negotiation and the skill set required to successfully engage in problem solving. Finally, today’s legal system and its provisions for court annexed dispute resolution will be examined in terms of the opportunities to overcome systematic obstacles to resolution.

ICM 5013 Negotiation and Settlement Processes
This course is designed to offer a basic experimental introduction to the concepts, instruments, functions, and theories of modern negotiation. First, we will begin with a discussion of negotiations as interpersonal communication. Second, we will examine avoiding exploitation in mixed-motive exchange. Third, we will explore distributive bargaining strengths and weaknesses. Fourth, we examine the use of integrative bargaining techniques and those settings in which they might be best used. Finally, the landscape of legal jurisprudence will be reviewed in order to apply appropriate ideologies and techniques to the complex adaptive system of American business and person interaction.

ICM 5023 Mediation
This course is designed to offer a basic introduction to the concepts, instruments, functions and theories of mediation. Both court annexed and private mediation will be introduced for the purpose of understanding when this approach to conflict resolution is the preferred tool. First, we will begin with setting the stage for successful mediation from initial contacts with the disputants to convening the session. Second, we will look at the nature of the conduct of a successful mediation. Third, we will examine the methods of reaching and recording agreement in the mediation context. Finally, the course will demonstrate how mediation must work within the judicial system to be of value to litigated cases.