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Resources for Instructors who Adopt the Book for Courses

Are you thinking about using Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager in a course? You can request an inspection copy at

The book's content is suitable for all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and executive), especially when paired with the additional resources we’ve developed. We’ve designed three different types of activities to accompany each chapter of the book. You’ll find an overview of the activities below, and you can check out the video to learn more. 

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We've provided a few sample In The News and Some Assembly Required activities in the instructional resources overview below, and all the Undercover Manager activities can be accessed directly from our website (Resources tab). To review the entire activity portfolio (see the activity titles here), you’ll need to register at and access the Instructor Resources Download Hub. 

We’re always keen to hear about your experiences with Human Resources for the Non-HR Manager! Email Carol or Elissa to share your stories and suggestions. 



We’ve developed three different types of activities to accompany each chapter: In the News, Some Assembly Required, and Undercover Manager. The activities align with student cohorts with varying levels of experience, so you'll always be able to access activities that meet your students’ needs.

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In the News activities can be used with a wide range of student cohorts. The activities do not require any managerial expertise, but they evoke deeper, richer engagement when students can apply their personal experience as job applicants or employees. We’ve sourced news articles that describe real-world organizations’ people management practices and suggest ways to use the articles as launchpads for in-class debates, classroom discussions or reflective essay assignments. In the News activities encourage students to apply L-E-S-S is more thinking (Chapter 1, The Non-HR Manager) and respond to contemporary people management challenges by reflecting on their Local Context, their own Experience, critical Stakeholders and Scientific Evidence. Instructors should encourage students to question how the management practices would be received in students’ own organizations, industries, regional locations, or national contexts.

Sample activities:

Chapter 3: Hiring Employees

Chapter 6: Training and Developing Employees

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Some Assembly Required activities are designed for students with limited (or no) work experience but we suggest ways that instructors can leverage students’ personal Experience when working with managers or other experienced cohorts. These activities encourage L-E-S-S is more thinking (Chapter 1, The Non-HR Manager), with an emphasis on using Scientific Evidence to improve people management. Students create tangible products (e.g., job descriptions, yield ratios, termination scripts) in response to basic information and data. Instructors can use these activities straight “out of the box” or customize them with Local Context details (e.g., by adding local company names or referencing local Stakeholders). 

Sample activities:

Chapter 1: The Non-HR Manager

Chapter 9: Disciplining Employees and Ending Their Employment

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Undercover Manager activities are designed for students who are already in managerial roles, but they can be modified for students with more limited work experience. For example, many of the activities can be used in small groups in which multiple students focus on one group member’s workplace. Reflecting our commitment to L-E-S-S is more thinking (Chapter 1, The Non-HR Manager), the Undercover Manager activities are experiential and personal. Each activity encourages students to stand in the shoes of important Stakeholders in their own Local Context and use the book’s Scientific Evidence to improve their organization’s people management activities. 

See the Resources tab for all the Undercover Manager activities.

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