Human Resource Management - Management - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Human Resource Management

What is Human Resource Management?

Human Resource Management (HRM) is concerned with the “people” side of management. HRM is all about ensuring the organisation has the right number of people, with the required knowledge, skills and abilities, who are motivated and committed. This involves recruiting and selecting people, training them, managing their performance and rewarding them through compensation and incentives. We prepare our students for future managerial roles in organisations. Our teaching is based on current research and is aimed at developing qualities of critical thinking, effective communication, and ethical leadership. Our courses form a significant part of the BCom Majors in Management and Human Resource Management (HRM).

Careers in HRM

As a human resources specialist, you might work primarily in human resources roles and consulting companies, both in New Zealand and overseas, where you will manage the legal and formal processes related to human resources, offer training in social and managerial skills, and facilitate organisational change. A good website to explore the options in this area is click here.

Who should study HRM?

HRM is a discipline that requires a mix of skills and abilities. It needs the ability to manage both people and information with good communication and problem solving skills.

HRM people have good inter-personal skills, respect for people, and are able to adapt to changing circumstances.


A career in HRM involves working in collaboration with other functions such as production, marketing, finance or accounting. To help you understand the world view of those, the first-year BCom courses (core) will prepare you for the subsequent courses and give an overview of each of these disciplines.

Courses at Canterbury

Entry is open to all students who have completed the required prerequisites for a given course.

Our courses have several defining characteristics:

  • Research based teaching that helps you develop analytical abilities.
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity that will prepare you for an international career.
  • Application. You will learn to apply theories and models to cases and actual work situations.
  • Writing skills. You will be expected to develop a strong capacity to write clearly.
  • Communication skills. You will learn how to communicate with groups and individuals.


Details of the B.Com major in Human Resource Management can be found on


Contact Information

For information about courses contact: or e-mail the relevant staff members teaching the courses.

Department of Management
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

For general information on University courses or enrolment procedures:

University Liaison Officer, Freephone: 0800 VARSITY (827 748) in New Zealand

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