19 December 2021 11:52:39 IST

Kamal Karanth is CoFounder of Xpheno, a specialist staffing company he has been building since 2017. Before turning an entrepreneur, Kamal worked as MD of Kelly Services and as Director APAC for Randstad, where he built teams that grew and created extraordinary results. Today, his team members are making an impact as leaders across the talent acquisition, HR, and staffing domains. A movie buff and cricket enthusiast, Kamal is a believer in relationships and has been writing monthly columns for The Hindu BusinessLine since 2016. LinkedIn ranked him among the top voices of India in 2020 for his consistent influencing blogs and vlogs around workplace dynamics. He is a talent specialist in RPO, IT staffing, and executive search.

HR management: Choosing the right course

Curriculum should strike the right balance of including both transactional and transformational HR subjects.

I want to be an HR manager. What are some things I need to look for in the curriculum while applying for MBA HR management courses at different B-schools? - Sahitya Srinivasan

There are two clusters of HR management — transactional HR and transformational HR — that you will encounter as you prepare yourself for a career in HR. What you seek in a curriculum would largely depend on your primary interest between the two. Transactional HR is largely operational HR that covers all HR transactions, HR processes and is primarily about you being efficient and process-driven. Transformational HR on the other hand is more strategic HR that covers behavioural, psychosocial and organisational dynamics.

As both are known to be equally cognitive and rewarding as a career, it can be an interesting choice to make. All popular academic curriculum strike a balance on courses that cover both genres. However, you may want to assess the comparative loading of courses and topics from both clusters. If you do pick up an operations-centric curriculum, look for balancing it with electives from the strategic HR cluster, and vice versa.

Along with the curriculum balance, it would be good to also look at the faculty profile for the mix of academicians and faculty from the industry. Most importantly, choose campuses after looking through their current alumni. Your career is going to be built through your alumni network, so observe where the alumni are working today and see if the companies or the work they are part of aligns with your aspirations