Week 1 The Role of Human Resource Management in Government and Non-profit Organizations

Week 1 Discussion

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The Role of Human Resource Management in Government and Non-profit Organizations

Traditionally, human resource management embodies the formal structures, policies, and procedures an organization uses to manage its most valuable and promising asset, human capital. However, external factors, such as uncertain economic times, and internal considerations, such as shifting employee values, have transformed organizational culture and resulted in a changing role for human resource management.

For this Discussion, review this week’s Resources. Review Chapter 1 of Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations. Focus on the challenges and changes in the public and non-profit workforce sectors. Review the “History and Overview” segment from the course media. Focus on the changes occurring in human resource management. Consider how these challenges and changes could impact human resource management in organizations. Identify a government or non-profit organization and consider the function of human resource management within this organization.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief description of a government or non-profit organization with which you are familiar. Explain the roles of Human Resource Management within this organization. Then, explain how workforce challenges and changes (i.e., economic, social, and/or technological) have impacted the operation of human resources in the selected organization. Provide specific examples to illustrate your explanation.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the resources.

Week 1 Learning Resources

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Required Resources

Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.


  • Course Introduction
  • Pynes, J. E. (2013). Human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations: A strategic approach (4th ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    • Chapter 1, “Introduction to Human Resources Management in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors” (pp. 3–33)
  • French, P. E., & Goodman, D. (2011). Local government human resource management past present and future: Revisiting Hay’s and Kearney’s anticipated changes a decade later. Politics & Policy, 39(5), 761–785.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • French, P. E., & Goodman, D. (2012). An assessment of the current and future state of human resource management at the local government level. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 32(1), 62–74.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Truss, C. (2008). Continuity and change the role of HR function in the modern public sector. Public Administration, 86(4), 1071–1088.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Document: Final Project Guidelines (PDF)


  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2014). Human resource management [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
    • “History and Overview” with Melanie Hughes, President, Org4Change

      Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 11 minutes.