760815 :Seminar Human Resource Studies


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 8 lectures of 2 hours and 8 seminars of 3 hours (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: oral exam, group assignments and individual participation (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:12 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via COMAP. Students are assigned to one of the seminar groups by the coordinator
Blackboard informatieLink to Blackboard (Als u de melding 'Guest are not allowed in this course' krijgt, dient u nog bij Blackboard in te loggen)


dr. T.A.M. Kooij (Coordinator 2015-2016)

dr. M.C. Meyers (Coordinator 2016-2017)

prof. dr. M.J.D. Schalk (Tutor)

prof. dr. R.F. Poell (Tutor)

prof. dr. M.J.P.M. van Veldhoven (Lecturer)

prof. dr. J. Paauwe (Lecturer)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

  • Students can explain theories and concepts related to Human Resource Studies;
  • Students can asses and discuss research, theory and concepts of Human Resource Studies, while paying explicit attention to practical and actual issues in this field;
  • Students can apply research, theory and concepts of Human Resource Studies to practical and actual issues in this field;
  • Students can do ‘HR with an attitude’ (demonstrated through their individual participation and development).

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The course has three parts that follow each other consecutively, part 1 and 2 take place in Teaching Block 1 and part 3 will take place at the beginning of Teaching Block 2.

The first part of the course aims at creating a common starting point for all students. This is achieved by studying recent textbook materials in the area of HRM which integrate knowledge from several subfields that are central in the Bachelor/ Pre-Master program in HR Studies. This introduction (one week of two 2-hour lectures) ends with an oral exam in the third week.

The second part of the course is devoted to different themes in HRM. This part includes several 2-hour lectures given by different lecturers and five 3-hour seminars. Each seminar is prepared, structured and chaired by a student team. The student teams that are not presenting in a particular week write essays about that week’s theme from different perspectives. The second part will start with a lecture in which students get acquainted with different perspectives which they can apply to HR issues. The following five themes are dealt with one by one in the other lectures:

  • HRM and the institutional context
  • HRM, well-being and performance
  • Diversity
  • The active employee
  • Strategic learning

The third part is a business case, a real-life problem or question of a company that student teams will work on. This part ends with student teams handing in a report and presenting their solution to the company during a business event in the second Teaching Block.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The overall grade is the weighted average of the different components (oral exam 25%, chairing and group essays and report 50%, individual participation 25%). The required minimum grade for each component is 5.0. In order to pass the exam the weighted average has to be at least 5.5. When the grade for the chairing and group essays and report is less than 5.0, students can take a resit by writing one integrative essay as assigned by the coordinator. 

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Boxall, P., & Purcell, J., Strategy and human resource management, Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.
  2. Reader.

Verplicht voor