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Human Resources Management

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Learning outcomes of course unit

The students
• Know the tasks, methods and processes in the functional and resource areas of human resources.
• Understand the essential problems and solutions of human resource management and leadership.
• Are familiar with the most important task areas, concepts and instruments of modern human resource management and are able to shape the task areas relevant to management.
• Are familiar with the essential organizational and procedural concepts of the business practice and understand the connection between personnel and organizational development.
• Know the possibilities of digitization in HRM.

prerequisites and co-requisites

• Introduction to BWL
• Strategic Management & Business Ethics
• Communication, Presentation & Rhetoric

course contents

Part A: HR functions in the company:
• Management and functional function
• Responsibilities of the HR department (personnel recruiting, personnel development, personnel retention)
• Organization of Human Resources

Part B: Personnel selection & recruiting
• Requirement, ability and suitability profiles
• Personnel selection instruments (application documents, selection interviews, psychological tests, assessment center, legal framework, digitization in personnel recruiting)
• Digitization in personnel recruiting

Part C: Personnel assessment & development
• Purpose of the personnel appraisal
• Approaches to personnel assessment (property-oriented, activity-oriented & result-oriented approach)
• Assessment interview

Part D: Personnel management
• Motivation and motivation theories
• Cognitive choice theories (valence, subjective probability, motivation to act)
• Self-regulation theories (management by approaches)
• Theories of tension of need (pyramid according to Maslow, motivational model by Richards & Greenlaw, two-factor theory by Herzberg)
• Argyris maturity continuum
• Job satisfaction and motivation
• Motivating work design (job rotation, job enlargement, job enrichment)
• Modern working environment and digitization

Part E: Remuneration
• Fundamentals of pay differentiation (wage rate differentiation, wage form differentiation, collective agreement)
• Remuneration and motivation/satisfaction

recommended or required reading

Armutat, S. (2018) (Hrsg.). Personalmanagement in Zeiten von Demografie und Digitalisierung: Herausforderungen und Bewältigungsstrategien für den Mittelstand. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.
Holtbrügge, D. (2018). Personalmanagement. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
Lussier, R. N., & Hendon, J. R. (2017). Fundamentals of human resource management: Functions, applications, skill development. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Pekruhl, U., Vogel, C., & Strohm, O. (2018). Integriertes Personalmanagement in kleinen Unternehmen: Ein Praxisratgeber. Berlin-Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.
Troger, H. (2019). 7 Erfolgsfaktoren für wirksames Personalmanagement: Antworten auf demografische Entwicklungen und andere Trends. Wiesbaden: Springer Verlag.

assessment methods and criteria

• Seminar paper and
• Quiz

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planned learning activities and teaching methods

33 % of the event is covered by eLearning. A combination between online phases (inductive method for the independent acquisition of knowledge and the practice of tasks) and presence phases (deductive method, in which assistance is given in the learning process and knowledge is imparted via frontal lectures) is used.

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type of course unit

integrated lecture

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work placement(s)

not applicable