• The Open University

Challenges in Human Resource Management

Reflect on the challenges in HR management, leadership and the effect of globalisation on talent management.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Address the skills needed to succeed in an HR career

Are you aspiring to start an HR career or are you a line manager looking for guidance? On this course, you will learn more about the challenges of HR management in today’s world.

Over two weeks, you will cover a range of topics that will boost your understanding of the skills you’ll need to succeed in your HR career. You will discover challenges in HR like leadership and the effect of globalisation on talent management.

You will reflect on the world of work and the future of employment while addressing some of the challenges you will experience in your own role.


  • Week 1

    The Leadership Challenge

    • Welcome to the course!

      Find out about this taster course and the Postgraduate Certificate in HR Management in Practice from The Open University.

    • Challenges of HR practice

      Start to think about the challenges faced by the contemporary practice of HRM and share your experience with other learners.

    • Leadership challenges in HR practice

      Reflect on the ways in which leadership is a challenge for HR practice.

    • Developing leadership through HR practice

      How can HR practice can develop leadership in organisational contexts?

    • Review Week 1

      Look back and consolidate your learning from Week 1.

  • Week 2

    The Global Challenge

    • Welcome to Week 2

      This week deals with the HR challenges of globalisation, talent management and culture of employment.

    • The impact of globalisation

      The twenty-first century business environment is rapidly becoming more international in character, so let's examine how employers and employees need to adopt a 'global view' to be successful.

    • Resourcing and talent management

      Human resource planning, as a central feature of resourcing and talent management, is undergoing significant shifts in the way it is enacted.

    • Tensions in mobility and career development

      Human resource planning is shifting from being primarily created and decided by employers, to being integrated within the broader professional and personal aspirations of employees.

    • Planning ahead

      Reflect on what you have learned in Week 2 and think about the next step in your learning journey.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Analyse and reflect on critical challenges for HR practices
  • Explore how leadership is a challenge for HR practice
  • Explore how globalisation is a challenge for HR practice

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone at the beginning of their HR career or a line management position.

Who will you learn with?

Charles is a Lecturer in Management (Open University). He has extensive experience in teaching on topics related to Organisation Studies. He completed his PHD at the University of Leicester.

Konstantinos is a lecturer of Online Education Leadership and Management at the OU. He is intrigued by online education challenges and has developed expertise of online pedagogies and technologies.

Who developed the course?

The Open University

As the UK’s largest university, The Open University (OU) supports thousands of students to achieve their goals and ambitions via supported distance learning, helping to fit learning around professional and personal life commitments.

  • Established

  • Location

    Milton Keynes, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 510Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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