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Human Resource Management

Course code
Course type
BSc Free Elective
Weekly Hours
HS 2021
Juniorprof. Dr. Nicole Gottschalck
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

Have you ever been annoyed about the application process for one of your internships? Do you consider founding a start-up and wonder how you find and select the best employees for your endeavor? These and many more topics will be addressed in this class on Human Resource Management (HRM).

This course offers you a broad overview of the role of HRM from a strategic, organizational, and individual perspective. In fact, effective management of HR has become a competitive advantage. It involves employment planning, recruiting and selecting employees, training and compensating them, evaluating their performance, retention, and leadership.

The aim of this class is to provide you with the theoretical knowledge related to these aspects and offer you practically applicable tools to handle them. Because it has become more common for non-HR specialists to implement or plan HR initiatives, and because employees themselves have become responsible for services that were previously provided by HR specialists like for instance scouting for training and development opportunities, the content of this class will be relevant for you, regardless of the functional area in which you will operate in the future.

Furthermore, the assignment of this class can serve you as valuable preparation for your Bachelor thesis. As you will write current-topic reports, you will get the opportunity to exercise literature research and structured evaluations of academic papers. The skills that you develop accordingly will serve you well in writing your final thesis.

Date Time
Friday, 29.10.2021 15:30 - 18:45
Thursday, 04.11.2021 11:30 - 15:15
Friday, 19.11.2021 11:30 - 18:45
Friday, 26.11.2021 15:30 - 18:45
Friday, 03.12.2021 15:30 - 18:45
Throughout this course, you will
  • gain a solid understanding of the evolving functions, responsibilities, and challenges in the management of human resources.
  • develop a human resource perspetive on organizational issues.
  • deepen and further develop interpersonal and managerial skills, particularly those related to interpersonal interaction, communication, and ethics in organizational contexts.
All relevant literature (scientific or practitioner articles) will be provided as mandatory or voluntary readings during the course via Moodle to help you deepen your knowledge on the topics discussed in class.
  • Lecturing
  • Case work
  • Group and individual work
  • Guest lectures
2 current-topic reports (individual grades, 50% per report)
  • Your task is to find two current research articles in peer-reviewed high-quality journals relating to (2 different) class topics and discussions.
  • For each article, you will write a 2-3 page memo on what the article is about, how it relates to a class topic, and what you think about what is said in the article in terms of practical implications.
  • You will also prepare a one-page summary slide for each paper that you will present in front of the class for about 3 minutes.
  • The two articles must be related to 2 different topics in this course.
  • You must turn in the article, or link to the article, with the paper.
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