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1.    HR Management in the Small Business
2.    HR Management in the 21st Century: What’s Ahead?
3.    The Impact of Information Technology on HR Management: Opportunities and
4.    Demographics of the Workforce: Analysis of Trends and their Implications for HR
5.    HR as a Strategic Business Partner
6.    E-HR: How the Internet and Information Technology Has Changed HR Management
7.    Outsourcing: When Does It Make “Cents?”
8.    HR Ethics: An Examination of Key Issues
9.    Preparing for a Career in HR
10.   Is HR Really a “Profession?” A Look at Professional Associations and Certification
11.   HR as a Core Competence
12.   Strategic Planning and HR Planning: A Reciprocal Relationship
13.   The Evolution of HR Planning: From Manpower Planning to HR Strategies
14.   Environmental Scanning: How to Do It and What to Look For
15.   An Assessment of HR Forecasting Methods
16.   HR’s Key Role in Mergers and Acquisitions
17.   Downsizing: Why Some Programs Succeed and Others Fail
18.   Downsizing: Dealing with “Victims” and “Survivors”
19.   An Analysis of Tools for Evaluating HR Effectiveness
20.   Benchmarking: The Study of Best HR Practices
21.   Key Considerations in the Design, Implementation, and Utilization of HRISs
22.   HR Online: Effective Use of the Internet and Intranets
23.   Understanding Individual Employee Performance: Ability, Motivation, and Beyond
24.   The New “Psychological Contract:” The Changing Nature of Employee-Employer
25.   Understanding and Controlling Absenteeism
26.   Understanding and Controlling Employee Turnover
27.   Job Design and Work: Building in Work Flexibility
28.   HR’s Role in Work/Life Balancing
29.   Employee Retention – a Key Issue During Periods of Economic Growth
30.   From EEO to Affirmative Action to Management of Diversity: An Evolutionary Process
31.   An Evaluation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Has It Accomplished Its
32.   Understanding Legal Standards Applied to Two Types of Discrimination: Disparate
      Treatment and Disparate Impact
33.   What Is and What Is Not a Bona-Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ) under EEO
34.   Key Women’s Issues: Pregnancy Discrimination, Pay Equity, and the Glass Ceiling
35.   Establishing Effective Policies and Procedures to Deal with Sexual Harassment
36.   Sexual Harassment and the Law: An Interpretation of Supreme Court Decisions
37.   Work Place Romances: Should Employers Regulate Dating Between Employees?
38.   Who’s Disabled and Who’s Not: A Look at EEOC Guidelines and Court Decisions
39.   Making Reasonable Accommodations Under the ADA: A Host of Options
40.   Key Issues in Age Discrimination
41.   Key Issues in National Origin Discrimination
42.   Key Issues in Religious Discrimination
43.   Regulating Your Looks: Dress Codes, Height/Weight Restrictions, and Other
      “Appearance” Issues
44.   Sexual Orientation and the Law
45.   Evaluation of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC): Policies,
      Programs, and Priorities
46.   Understanding Validity Concepts
47.   Approaches to the Management of Diversity
48.   Diversity Training: The Positives and Negatives
49.   The Case for Continuing Affirmative Action
50.   The Case Against Affirmative Action
51.   Reengineering Business Processes: Just a Fad?
52.   Is the Job Characteristics Model of Job Design Still Relevant?
53.   Job Design Issues for Team-Based Work
54.   Building Flexibility into Work Schedules and Work Locations
55.   Job Analysis: Is It Still the Cornerstone of Effective HR Management?
56.   A Comparison of Three Approaches to Gathering Job Information: Questionnaires,
      Interviews, and Observation
57.   Job Analysis for Managerial and Professional Jobs: Special Concerns
58.   Computerized Job Analysis
59.   Labor Markets and Recruiting Issues
60.   Regular vs. Flexible Staffing: Making Use of Contingent Workers
61.   Recruiting Source Choices: Internal vs. External
62.   How – and When – to Establish an Employee Referral Bonus System
63.   Emerging Issues in Job Analysis: A Look at the Competency Approach and Other
      Contemporary Developments
64.   E-Recruiting: Advantages and Disadvantages
65.   Dealing with Worker Shortages: Creative Recruiting Methods
66.   College Recruiting: Maintaining a Corporate Presence on Campus
67.   Executive Recruiting and Selection
68.   Evaluation of Recruiting Programs
69.   Employment Selection: An Overview of Key Issues
70.   Realistic Job Previews: Should You “Tell It Like It Is?”
71.   Selection: A Close Look at the Use of Application Forms and Resumes
72.   Selection: A Close Look at Employment Testing
73.   Selection: A Close Look at Employment Interviewing
74.   Selection: A Close Look at Background Checking
75.   Drug Testing in Selection: Legal, Ethical, and Privacy Issues
76.   Evaluating the Effectiveness of Assessment Centers in the Selection and Promotion
77.   The “Paperless” Selection Procedure: On-Line Applications and Interviews
78.   Strategic Issues in Training
79.    Learning Concepts: A Foundation for Training
80.    The Human Side of Orientation: Welcoming and Socializing New Employees.
81.    Training Needs Assessment
82.    A Comparison of Selected Training Methods [specify methods]
83.    Computer-Assisted Instruction (CAI)
84.    E-Learning: Advantages and Limitations
85.    Evaluation of Training
86.    The Changing Nature of Organization-Centered Career Planning
87.    Antidotes for Career Plateaus
88.    Career Issues for Dual-Career Couples
89.    Learning Organizations: Commitment to Continuous Development
90.    Development Needs Analyses: Tool and Techniques
91.    Succession Planning: Insurance for the Organization’s Future
92.    Corporate Universities: A Growing Phenomenon
93.    “Survival” – An Assessment of Outdoor Training
94.    Mentoring Programs: Providing a Helping Hand
95.    Women and Management Development
96.    Performance Management: Linking Rewards to Performance
97.    Incompatible Objectives? Developing a System to Satisfy Both the Development and
       Administrative Purposes of Performance Appraisal
98.    360o Evaluation: The Pros and Cons of Multi-Source Performance Appraisal
99.    An Assessment of the ____________ Method of Performance Appraisal [specify method]
100.   Identifying, Monitoring, and Overcoming Rater Errors
101.   Keys to Carrying Out an Effective Appraisal Interview.
102.   Performance Appraisal and the Law: What the Courts Are Saying
103.   The Emergence of Competency-Based Pay Systems
104.   Equitable Compensation: Great in Theory … Difficult in Practice
105.   Legal Constraints on Pay Systems: Key Laws and Principles
106.   An Assessment of Job Evaluation Techniques
107.   Keys to the Effective Use of Pay Surveys
108.   Contemporary Developments in Compensation Administration
109.   Do Merit Pay Systems Really Work?
110.   Putting Pay at Risk: A Move Toward Variable Pay Systems
111.   Developing Effective Individual Incentive Systems
112.   Sales Compensation Plans: Balancing Base Pay and Commissions
113.   Successful Team Incentives
114.   Sharing the Wealth: Profit-Sharing and Gainsharing Plans
115.   ESOPs: Do They Result in Putting All of One’s Eggs in One Basket?
116.   Stock Option Plans: Advantages and Limitations
117.   Debating the “Reasonableness of Executive Pay Plans”
118.   An Overview of Legal Protection of Employee Pension Rights
119.   Pensions: A Comparison of Defined Benefit Plans and Defined Contribution Plans
120.   401(K) Plans in the Aftermath of Enron: Are They Sound?
121.   Controlling Health-Care Benefits Costs
122.   A New Approach to Health Care Benefits: The Defined Contribution Health Benefits Plan
123.   Analyzing Family-Oriented Benefits
124.   Benefits for Domestic Partners and Spousal Equivalents: An Explosive Issue
125.   Explaining the Growth of Flexible Benefits Plans
126.   Contemporary Workers’ Compensation Issues
127.   Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Have the
       Benefits to Society Outweighed the Costs to Employers?
128.   Role of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Today: Consultant or
129.   Building an Effective Safety Program
130.   Contemporary Workplace Health Issues
131.   An Assessment of Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
132.   Violence in the Workplace: Protecting Employees
133.   An Overview of Security Management
134.   The Erosion of Employment-at-Will Doctrine: An Analysis of Exceptions
135.   The Emergence of Alternative Dispute Resolutions
136.   Employee Rights of Privacy in the Workplace
137.   Legal and Ethical Aspects of Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance of Employees
138.   The Pros and Cons of Employer Drug Testing Programs
139.   Guidelines for Writing and Disseminating Employee Handbooks
140.   Key Principles Underlying HR Policies, Procedures, and Rules
141.   Effective Approaches to Discipline and Discharge.
142.   An Analysis of Union Membership Trends in the United States
143.   Are Trade Unions Obsolete?
144.   The History of Organized Labor in the United States.
145.   Unfair Labor Practices by Employers: Case Law
146.   Unfair Labor Practices by Unions: Case Law
147.   Employer Strategies and Tactics During a Union Organizing Campaign
148.   Strikes and Impasse Resolution Methods
149.   The Anatomy of a Strike (Select and analyze a recent work stoppage)
150.   Union Management Cooperation: Is This the Future?
151.   Public Sector Unionism: A Different Breed of Cat
152.   Keys to Effective Grievance Administration
153.   An Analysis of Factors Affecting Global HR Management
154.   Global HR Management: A Focus on Recruiting and Selection
155.   Global HR Management: A Focus on Training and Development
156.   Global HR Management: A Focus on Compensation
157.   Global HR Management: A Focus on Employee and Labor Relations
158.   Keys to Preventing Expatriate Failure
159.   Protecting Global Employees: International Security in the Face of Terrorism

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