MO41 Human Resource Management

Module Name
Human Resource Management
Module Code
Rauf Abdul, Frans Hikspoors
Bachelor Degree or equivalent managerial working experience
People are crucial to every organization. Irrespective of how the labour market looks like: good coworkers are scarce, difficult to find and in many cases irreplaceable. These human resources have to be optimally utilized. This implies that personal goals and organizational goals have to be integrated. Human Resource Management (HRM) is about managing an organization’s employees (both individually and collectively) as it most important assets, both strategically and operationally. HRM involves planning, implementing, and managing recruitment, as well as selection, training, career, and organizational initiatives within an organization. The goal of HRM is to maximize the productivity and quality of an organization by optimizing its employees’ effectiveness. At the same time HRM targets improving the work life of employees and treating employees as valuable resources. This module will give insight in the role of HRM in an organization. You will be acquainted with various HRM models and instruments. You will learn to understand how HRM tool and strategies can support your organization’s strategy.
  • Be able to apply knowledge and understanding of the nature and importance of HRM
  • Be capable to instigate the changing environment (involving globalization and technology), influencing what HM managers (are expected to) do and how they do it (including links with strategy, the concept of high-performance organization and evidence-based HRM)
  • Be able to deal with issues of diversity, gender and intercultural communication
  • Be able to apply the concepts of job analysis, personnel planning, recruiting, training and coaching, employee testing and selection, performance management and appraisal
  • Have insight into and critically review compensation and compensation related issues (such as incentives, fringe benefits, social insurance and flexible benefits programmes)
  • Manage employee legal relations and issues (such as fair treatment, ethical behaviour, discipline, privacy and dismissal, HR in entrepreneurial firms) and labour relations (unions, works councils, collective bargaining, grievance procedures, HR and international outsourcing and supply chains, international framework agreements)
  • Explain and apply the role of HRM in improving strategic management processes
  • Be able to define and develop effective HRM policies based on the previous knowledge and understanding
  • Describing an organization’s HRM
  • Evaluating the role of recruitment and selection
  • Understanding training and development
  • Evaluating existing performance appraisal methods
  • Evaluating role of compensation and rewards methods
  • Analysing external and internal effects on HRM developments
  • Evaluating the integration of personal and organizational goals
  • Judging whether control and trust are in balance
  • Managing competences, understanding their implications and effectiveness
  • Integration of corporate strategy and HRM strategy
  • Comparing the ways in which organizations deal with their various resources, using the Resourcebased view of the firm
  • HRM theories; universal model, contingency model, configurations model and behavioural theory
  • Understanding the nature of HRM within SMEs
  • Issues related to International HRM
Instruction / Study Load
  • 36 Lesson hours
  • 101 Hours of reading literature, completing the handbook and preparation for examination.
  • 3 Examination Hours
IBA Final Qualification Mapping
Mapped with numbers: 1, 2, 25 and 26. See the EEG for further reference.
Teaching Language
Teaching Methods
  • Classroom lecturing
  • Case study discussions
  • Feedback and presentation sessions
  • Discussion sessions
  • Research Papers
  • Brainstorming
  • Graphic Organizers
Module / Lecture and seminar status
Testing and assessment
Note: This is a Semester 1 Module 3 hour closed book Examination during exam week. See the Handbook and the EEG for further reference.
European Credits
Required literature
  • Dessler G. (2011). Human Resource Management. Global Edition. Twelfth Edition. Harlow (UK): Pearson Education Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-273-74815-1.
  • Boxall P. and Purcell J. (2011). Strategy and Human Resource Management. Third Edition. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN-13 978-0-2305-7935-4