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Human Resource Management (Bachelor of Psychology, Quarter IV, 2nd Semester)

Course code
Course type
BSc Course
Weekly Hours
FS 2023
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.

Do you know how motivation to work "works"? Have you ever encountered challenges with team tasks? Do you know how an application process looks like from the perspective of a company? Would you like to be a founder, but wonder how to select the best people for your startup? 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 strategy, 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 werepreviouslyprovided 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 a valuable preparation for scientific written assignments, such as 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 scientific writing in general and your final thesis in particular.

Date Time
Wednesday, 08.03.2023 08:00 - 11:15
Thursday, 09.03.2023 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 14.03.2023 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 15.03.2023 08:00 - 11:15
Thursday, 16.03.2023 08:00 - 11:15
Monday, 20.03.2023 08:00 - 11:15
Case study (30%, group grade)
  • Your first task is to work on a case study that is related to "Digitalization in HR".
  • You will prepare a brief stand-alone presentation and present your main findings as a group.

Current research abstract (pass or fail, individual grade)

  • Your second task is to find a current research article that was published in a peer-reviewed high-quality journal relating to a class topic of your choice.
  • You will summarize the essence of the paper (i.e., what the article is about, which theory or theories it applies and what kind of practical implications it offers) on a single ppt slide that you will present in class.
  • You must turn in the article, or link to the article, with the slide

Reflection report (70%, individual grade)

  • Your third task is to write a brief critical reflection (3 pages + references) on on two research questions related to theories and topics we discussed in class.
  • You will receive an introductory brief case reading to which the first question will relate. The second question is broader and relates to the theories and constructs we discussed in class on a more general level.
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