People Management

Course Information

Course Length: 6 Weeks
Estimated Effort : 3 – 4 hrs per week

Course Overview

A major part of a functional manager’s responsibilities comprises attracting, engaging, motivating, retaining and developing people. Every functional manager is, therefore, a People Manager; and their effectiveness is determined by how well they understand the people-dimension.

In this introductory-level course taught by Prof Vasanthi Srinivasan from IIM Bangalore, you will explore the effectiveness of being a people manager and learn how to engage your team members.

The objective of the course is to create awareness and appreciation of the Human Dimension in Strategy Implementation. Moreover, the course also intends to engage and foster critical thinking among functional managers with regard to enriching the human experience in an organisation.

Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan

Course Instructor
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
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Course Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction to People Management

Difference between People Management and Human Resource Management; impact of individual and organizational factors on people management.

Week 2: Getting Work Done Through Others

Challenges of getting work done; significance of prioritization and assigning work to team members.

    Week 3: Assessment and Evaluation

    Concept of performance management and role of a manager in the different stages of the performance management process.

    Week 4: Building Peer Networks

    Understanding the importance of peer networks in an organization; being able to influence those on whom you have no authority.

      Week 5: Essentials of Communication

      Concept of the communication process with reflection on various barriers to effective communication and ways to overcome.

      Week 6: Managing Self

      Reflection on what does it mean to be a people manager; building a personal development plan for oneself.

      By the end of this course you will be able to:

      • Gain an overview of what it means to be an effective people manager
      • Have a deeper understanding of the different aspects of people management
      • Be able to appreciate the challenges faced by a first time manager
      • Reflect on your managerial experiences